“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Service today was wonderful, our Senior Pastor spoke on “Wisdom” and Wise Up, Proverbs 4.  Proverbs 4:6, “Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:  love her, and she shall keep thee.” 

“Barnabas and Saul Sent Off”, Acts 13:1) Now there were in the Church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch (Manaen may have been raised in the court of Herod the Great (Matthew 2:1) and Saul.  Romans 16:21.   2) As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.  3) And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.  4) So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.   5) And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews:  and they had also John (John Mark, the nephew of Barnabas) to their minister. 6) And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:  7) Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the Word of God.   8) But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.  Exodus 7:11; 2Timothy 3:8.  9)  Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,  10) And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  Matthew 13:38;  John 3:8.  11) And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season.  And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.  Exodus 9:1; 2Kings 6:18.  12) Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

Quest Study Bible – v1, Tetrarch,  A ruler who depended on Rome for his power to govern and conquered by the Romans.  Manaen may have been a foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch (also called Herod Antipas).  v2, 3, Does fasting make prayer more effective?  Fasting helps us become more sensitive to God’s voice and direction.  Also see, What are the benefits of sincere fasting?  Matthew 6:18) and should Christians fast?  (Luke 5:35).   v3, Why place hands on Saul and Barnabas?  The laying on of hands is a basic Christian practice (Hebrews 6:1-2), suggesting it is more than mere symbolism.  Jesus and His Disciples didn’t do it for show; they did it for the sake of results; touching to connect people with God’s power.  See (Luke 6:19; Acts 28:8; Mark 6:5; Acts 8:17; 2Timothy 1:6; Acts 6:6).  v9 Why was Saul also called Paul?  Like many Jews Paul had two names, one Jewish (Saul) and one Graeco-Roman (Paul).  He began to use Paul as his missionary team moved into Gentile territory.  He is called Paul through the rest of Acts.  v11, Is it sometimes right to curse someone?  The New Testament never tells us to curse others.  Nor was Paul in the habit of cursing his opponents.  Directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit (v9), however, he made an exception here.  Luke describes what Paul did, but he doesn’t recommend we adopt this method as an evangelistic tool.  Jesus tells us to love our enemies and bless those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44).  In this case, however, God led Paul to pronounce judgment on Elymas.  

More to come and God Bless You.     

 

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