July 1 – Acts 14:19-28

July 1 – Acts 14:19-28

19 Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead. 20 But as the believers[a] gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch of Syria

21 After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, 22 where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. 23 Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. 24 Then they traveled back through Pisidia to Pamphylia. 25 They preached the word in Perga, then went down to Attalia.

26 Finally, they returned by ship to Antioch of Syria, where their journey had begun. The believers there had entrusted them to the grace of God to do the work they had now completed. 27 Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too. 28 And they stayed there with the believers for a long time.

Acts 14:19-28 (NLT)

One Comment

    Jason Parsons

    I don’t think I’ve appreciated the miracle of Paul’s healing after being stoned prior to this reading. I think I had a Superman type opinion of Paul at this moment where bullets would just hit him and bounce off. But I didn’t get that reading through it this time. The people who came and incited the stoning of Paul traveled for about 100 miles. They were passionate and were persuaded that he needed to die. They were not going to leave him half dead. They wanted him all the way gone. The other concept is that the believers gathered around him. We aren’t told what they were doing but we can guess that they were checking his vitals to see if he was really dead, mourning him, praying for him, or a combination of these things. Their action of gathering around him, made this miracle come alive for me today. He was battered, bruised, and bloodied. I see tears of sorrow and grief wondering if he was alive or not. I see people bowing with their faces to the ground asking God to spare his life. And then the miracle. Movement, noise or Paul sitting up. And then he walked on his own power back into the city. This truly was God stretching out his healing hand and doing signs and wonders (Acts 4:30) so that people would believe in Him!

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