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Acts 13: Bible-reading thoughts; Paul rebukes, preaches

I read this passage after Hosea 3 as I continue my trek to reading the Bible and hope to return soon to reading the Bible completely through once a year. One minister spoke of reading the Bible completely through in one month, which really brings to mind quantity versus quality.

At Pensacola Christian College, Pastor Jim Schettler spoke of how he liked to read a Proverb each day. Some Christians take this a step further and read both a Psalm and a Proverb daily. Not a bad system.

It may seem like a lot, but when you consider reading a few chapters of the Old Testament, one of the New Testament, a Psalm and Proverb, meditating and pondering and praying and taking notes, it can easily be done in an hour. Is one hour a day really asking that much? Perhaps it could be split up where in the morning you do your Bible reading and then at night review over it to learn and consider how it applies to you.

Yes, Richard’s Two Shekels reader: I am talking to myself most of all!

In Acts 13, we continue reading of the Early Church as Paul and Barnabas continued going out and being a nuisance by preaching about that radical Jewish rabbi named Yeshua, who was rapidly becoming known as Yeshua Ha Meshiach (Jesus the Messiah).

At the island of Paphos, Paul and Barney encountered a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus (which means “Son of Jesus”; keep in mind that Jesus–specifically, Yeshua, was a common name in those days). B-J proved to be a nuisance to those who wanted to hear the Gospel, such as Sergius Paulus, so Paul used God’s power to temporarily blind him.

Close minded? Nope. Sergius Paulus wanted to hear the Gospel, and this false prophet was trying to stand in the way.

After this, they traveled to Perga and then to Antioch and spoke at the synagogue. Paul preached, going through Jewish history and talking about Jesus’ earthly ministry and all the people who saw Him after he arose from the dead.

Paul then left the synagogue and preached to the Jews and to Gentiles who were interested in the message. The religious Jews, angry with the message, were opposed to Paul. He then made no friends by telling them in verse 46-47: “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

In this passage, Paul quotes Isaiah 49:6.

The Gentiles were very happy and many came to know Christ on that day.

Eventually, Paul and Barnabas were kicked out of the city, and they then shook the dust from their feet, as per what Jesus instructed His disciples to do when their message was rejected.

Richard Zowie is a Christian writer. Post comments here or drop a line to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

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