Day 130 - Acts 14

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V.1 Many Jews and Gentiles believed. (1) Much power, many believers. (2) Many believers, much opposition. (3) Much time, much growth. (4) Much Satanic, work much division (Matt. 10:34-3934Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 10:34‑39)). (5) Much stirring up, much violence. (6) They departed when they saw the refusal to accept the truth. But this only caused the Word of God to be preached in other places. Lystra seems to have been the birthplace of Timothy (16:1). Derbe was the home of Gaius (20:4).
V.8-18 Paul had the power of the Holy Spirit to discern what was in the poor cripple’s soul, that he had faith to be healed. What a wonderful result to the man.
V.11-18 But there was no discernment in the unbelievers. They claimed that the gods had visited them in the likeness of men. The crowd is caught up in the wild excitement. But with no heart for Christ.
V.19 The crowd sides with the unbelieving Jews who stone Paul to death — as they supposed.
V.20-25 No difficulties can stand when God is there; and we cannot stand before our enemies when He is not there.
V.26-28 The journey which had begun with prayer (13:3), ends with praise.