GOSPEL MEDITATION # 42
Paul & Barnabas in Antioch of Pisidia, part 3
- Find a quiet place without distractions.
- Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace.
- Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer.
- Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
- Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
- The second Sabbath many from the city came to the synagogue to hear more from the missionaries.
- However, opposition from some fellow Jews was inevitable. Both the message and messengers were attacked since so very much was at stake.
- Paul and Barnabas countered their opponents boldly stating that the consequences of rejecting the message is of upmost concern, to the point of
- It was, and is, necessary that the message of Messiah’s salvation be presented to the Jews first, then secondly to the Gentiles. (see Romans 1:16)
- Paul quotes Isaiah 49:6 to show the necessity of presenting the Word of the Lord to Gentiles.
- The Gentiles in the crowd rejoiced to hear this and many of these are now converted, those that were appointed to believer. Here we encounter the Biblical doctrine of election.
- An awakening is under way now and the “word of the Lord” spread throughout the region.
- The missionary’s enemies persuaded women God-fearers to apply political pressure upon the Gospel preachers. These women were likely connected to Roman officials.
- Paul and Barnabas are “expelled” from the area and as a result “shook the dust off their feet” as a sign of both regret and judgment to follow. (see Luke 9:1-5)
- The “disciples” Luke says indicating that indeed some are now believing in Jesus as Messiah and Savior, born again of the Holy Spirit and with the joy of salvation.