Act 14:1 ¶ And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went
both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and spoke in such a way,
that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks
Act 14:2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles,
and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.
Act 14:3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly
in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the Word of his grace,
and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
COMMENT: Paul and Barnabus suffered no
loss in the confidence of their faith, but spoke boldly in
the Lord whose grace was manifest in not sending his servants
away and in granting signs and wonders to be done by their
hands as proofs of the authenticity of the gospel of peace
the preached and lived.
Act 14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and
part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
Act 14:5 And when there was an assault made both of the
Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use
[them] despitefully, and to stone them,
COMMENT: Perhaps the stoning of Stephen
encouraged the Jews there to justify stoning Paul and
Act 14:6 They were aware of [it], and fled unto Lystra
and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lies
Act 14:7 And there they preached the gospel.
Act 14:8 ¶ And there sat a certain man at Lystra,
impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's
womb, who never had walked:
COMMENT: So the cripple's legs would have
been like sticks never having been used.
Act 14:9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly
beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
Said with a loud voice, "Stand upright on
your feet." And he leaped and walked.
COMMENT: We find the Lord's anointed again
fixing his eyes stedfastly upon the person so he could see
through the eye of Christ, for "WHEN THE EYE IS SINGLE
THE WHOLE BODY IS FULL OF LIGHT." Likewise, when you read of
an anointed man of God speakin in "A LOUD VOICE" that is Christ
in them whose voice shakes the wilderness. Some men are naturally
loud so it is necessary to compare the volume of their voice
before and after they enter into the anointing, if you are
looking for evidence of Christ speaking in them. Saint Paul wrote:
"SINCE YOU SEEK A PROOF OF CHRIST SPEAKING IN ME, WHICH TO YOU-WARD
IS NOT WEAK, ..." 2 Corinthians 13:3 But the churches in
America no longer look for proof of Christ speaking in anyone,
for they all use amplification devices so they cannot discern if it is
the amplification device or the speaker who is loud.
Now in regard
to the creative healing miracle the Lord worked through Saint
Paul with the same power he worked through Saint Peter in
Jerusalem, and by this means Jesus sent a subliminal message to
the Apostles that Paul was now functioning in the power of
Spirit on the same level as the best of them.
Act 14:11/12 And when the people saw what Paul had done,
they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia,
The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.
And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul,
Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.
Act 14:13/14 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before
their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and
would have done sacrifice with the people.
[Which] when the Apostles, Barnabas and Paul,
heard [of], they tore their clothes, and ran in among the
people, crying out,
COMMENT: Isn't it interesting how the cult
religions had adopted practices similar to those of the Israelites
with the sacrifice of animals. The ancient practice of tearing
their clothes when something terribly unholy was taking place,
the two apostles Paul ande Barnabas did and ran in among the
people crying out; so they got their attention right away.
Act 14:15 And saying, "Sirs, why do you these things?
We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto
you that you should turn from these vanities unto the living
God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things
that are therein:"
COMMENT: Even in crying out to the people to
stop them from offering a sacrifice unto them; Paul and Barnabus
preached the gospel of repentance. And they continued saying,...
Act 14:16 "Who in times past suffered all nations to walk
in their own ways."
COMMENT: God permitted all nations to walk in
their own ways in Old Testament times but now the New Testament
gospel has been made known to all the world.
Act 14:17 "Nevertheless he left not himself without witness,
in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful
seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."
Act 14:18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the
people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.
Act 14:19 ¶ And there came thither [certain] Jews from
Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and,
having stoned Paul, drew [him] out of the city,
supposing he had been dead.
COMMENT: Here we have a picture of how fickle
people are in this world. Paul and Barnabus worked a
wonderful miracle free of charge healing one of their own
in Lystra, and for
this alone the population should have honored them irregardless of
accusations the Jews from antioch and Iconium came to make about them.
Secondly, they were ready to sacrifice unto Paul and Barnabus as
though they were gods, and the two holy men persuaded them to
cease; but barely; so convinced were they that the two men were
gods. Yet they turned completely against their benefactors and
left Paul outside of the city after being stoned, supposing he
Act 14:20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him,
he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed
with Barnabas to Derbe.
COMMENT: The Scripture is silent, however
the inference strongly suggests Paul was raised from the dead while
the disciples stood around about him. We do not know if it was by
their prayers the Lord worked or if it was to strengthen their
faith; but we do know the Lord worked a miracle.
Act 14:21 ¶ And when they had preached the gospel to that
city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and
[to] Iconium, and Antioch,
COMMENT: Here we see the courageousness of
anointed men of God. Paul and Barnabus returned to Iconium and
Antioch from where the Jews had come from, to Lystra where they
brought about the stoning of Paul.
Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and]
exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must
through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
COMMENT: Life is a continuing physical and
spiritual warfare even in times of peace, and to enter into the
kingdom of God anointing which is within you go through MUCH
TRIBULATION. There was no better time to preach such a message
after rising from what appeared to be a violent death.
Act 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every
church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them
to the Lord, on whom they believed.
COMMENT: By ordaining elders in every church,
the two Apostles made sure of their leadership in those churches.
This was the wisdom of God to insure good order in the holy revolution
taking place in those days, for Paul and Barnabus couldn't
so easily dismiss those they had not appointed; but those they
had appointed, they could expect to dismiss or promote as the
Lord showed led them.
Act 14:24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia,
they came to Pamphylia.
COMMENT: Look for Perga on the map
at the bottom of Chapter thirteen.
Act 14:25 And when they had preached the word in
Perga, they went down into Attalia:
Act 14:26 And from there sailed to Antioch, from where
they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work
which they fulfilled.
COMMENT: Antioch is where THE FIRST
MISSIONARY JOURNEY began by the grace of God who sent them.
and it is considered "fulfilled." So we can say THE FIRST
MISSIONARY JOURNEY is complete.
Act 14:27/28 And when they were come, and had gathered the
church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with
them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
And there they abode (a) long time with the disciples.
COMMENT: It was time for a much needed
rest from the life and death struggle of spiritual warfare that
took place during THE FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY, but the missionary
journey of the Apostles Paul and Barnabus has been belittled down
through the centuries by those who go into all the world in the
name of Christ in their own strength calling themselves missionaries.
Let us be wise to make a difference between MISSIONARIES and
missionaries. MISSIONARIES OF THE SPIRIT and missionaries of