June 28 – Acts 13:1-12

June 28 – Acts 13:1-12

Barnabas and Saul Are Commissioned

13 Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”[a]), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas[b]), and Saul. One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.

Paul’s First Missionary Journey

So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit. They went down to the seaport of Seleucia and then sailed for the island of Cyprus. There, in the town of Salamis, they went to the Jewish synagogues and preached the word of God. John Mark went with them as their assistant.

Afterward they traveled from town to town across the entire island until finally they reached Paphos, where they met a Jewish sorcerer, a false prophet named Bar-Jesus. He had attached himself to the governor, Sergius Paulus, who was an intelligent man. The governor invited Barnabas and Saul to visit him, for he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas, the sorcerer (as his name means in Greek), interfered and urged the governor to pay no attention to what Barnabas and Saul said. He was trying to keep the governor from believing.

Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye. 10 Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? 11 Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.” Instantly mist and darkness came over the man’s eyes, and he began groping around begging for someone to take his hand and lead him.

12 When the governor saw what had happened, he became a believer, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.

Acts 13:1-12 (NLT)

One Comment

    Jason Parsons

    This is where the book of Acts takes another change of direction and it stems from Acts 1:8 where Jesus tells the disciples to be his witnesses first in Jerusalem and then in Judea and Samaria and finally to ends of the world. Well, Paul and Barnabas start going to the ends of the world in these verses. The Gentiles have been accepted into the fellowship of believers. (Conditionally, as far as Jewish followers of Jesus go. We will read through their expectations at the end of this week.) They have been and are being baptized by the Spirit and with water and have become disciples of Jesus. Now Paul and Barnabas are going way outside of the Jerusalem and Judea into the areas of modern day Turkey. They are about 500 miles away from Jerusalem where they reach Antioch of Pisidia (the second Antioch of this journey). This is a step in obedience to Jesus. Fulfilling what He called them to do both in Acts 1:8 and when the Spirit set aside Paul and Barnabas at the beginning of this chapter. Acts is full of people trusting and obeying what Jesus asks them to do. It is a very convicting part of this book for me because I continually want to be my own king and decide what I do and when I want to do it. Surrendering to Jesus’ will for ourselves is hard but Acts shows it is possible and how great things happen when we do!

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