Re-posted from Pr Stout (28 verses, 3:47 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Paul and Barnabas in Iconium, Lystra and Antioch.
MARK & LEARN & MEDITATE
- vs. 2, “Poisoned their minds” – This is fascinating description of false doctrine. Like a little leaven leavens the whole lump, a little false teaching poisons the teaching of the grace of God. What defense does the church have against this poison? The primary way is patient and consistent teaching. This is brought out in the next verse which states, “So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace.” Pray: Lord, help me patiently hear and meditate on Your Word, never presuming to know too much, but always humbly learning from the Holy Spirit.
- vs. 6, “they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe,” – Here is an example of fleeing persecution. Persecution is not good in an of itself. We are not to seek it out, but we are also not to avoid it when the time comes to confess. Pray: Almighty God, use the persecution of Your Church for Your benefit. Help me to confess You, not seeking conflict, but promoting peace, yet never compromising the truth of Your Word.
- vs. 12, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” – The signs and wonders the Lord accomplishes through Paul and Barnabas lead many to think that Zeus and Hermes had come down. The crowds reaction is to sacrifice to them. Why? Because they are fearful of the gods’ wrath – that’s bad news. Compare that with the Christian truth that the second person of the Godhead became incarnate to be a sacrifice to appease the wrath of God and offers Himself in the Sacrament. This is why Paul and Barnabas proclaim the “good news.” Pray: Lord, help me turn from my vain ways which too often attempt to appease Your wrath through my own effort. Grant to me faith that You are pleased with me for the sake of the Living One, who died for me to bring me Your favor. Strengthen my soul in this peace and confidence and help me live a life that uses this as the source of my love for You and others.
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Pastor Christopher Stout