Minor Prophets NLT Acts 13:2 One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.". Indeed, he was acting for the good of Elymas. But - A sad term of contrast. He implied that He had already given both men their call to missionary service. Set apart (separate - aorist imperative - Do it now!) Stephen Charnock, As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man. This is an excellent model for revivalists. But in the end, God’s plan is always fulfilled: “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Obviously some believers are more spiritually mature than other believers, but both are still disciples in the eyes of God. Oed. There were at Antioch (map of ancient Antioch, an engraving of the city) - Recall that Antioch was the third largest city in the Roman Empire and was well-known as a center for pagan idolatry and licentious behavior (NB: idolatry and immorality frequently "traffic together" in the Bible). Was he afraid of the tough and dangerous travel through the mountains ahead of them? had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, They preached the word of God in the synagogues, Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated), Filled with the Holy Spirit … "O full of all deceit and all fraud", Being astonished at the teaching of the Lord, John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem, Went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. They knew the problem is with their opposition, not themselves. Answer: "Laying on of hands" is a biblical action; however, there is no biblical mandate requiring the physical laying on of hands for a particular spiritual ministry. 35:10; Jer. 2:49; Lk. By believing in Him, we gain two great benefits. NET Note - The citizens of Pisidian Antioch were not discouraged by the persecution, but instead were filled with joy. One was an aristocrat, the other perhaps even a former slave. (Baker Exegetical Commentary - Acts), Wiersbe has a play on words writing that "The “virgin tomb” (John 19:41) was like a “womb” that gave birth to Jesus Christ in resurrection glory." In telling me of the incident, the missionary said, "I had to go up to that house. In other words, all the promises of God find their certain fulfillment, their Yea, in Christ. Anon. As Barnabas and Saul preached to the governor, Elymas stood by and tried to argue with them. Clearly these new believers were "carrying" the Gospel, spreading the "Seed" ("the Seed is the Word of God" - Lk 8:11+) casting it out in hopes of it landing in "good soil." The parallel from Habakkuk is that the nation failed to see how Babylon's rising to power meant perilous judgment for Israel. For example, pisteuo is used by James in his important discussion of the relationship of faith and works (James 2:14+) writing to the person who claims he has faith (or who makes a profession of faith) "You believe (pisteuo) that God is one. "We can’t all be popular to the same degree, but we can all serve and please God to the same degree in Jesus Christ." As before, however, the effect of the persecution was the contrary to what the persecutors intended. Have you considered it to be part of your service/worship to the Lord? David himself spoke of this covenant (2 Sam. They truly lead who lead by love John called upon all the people of Israel to repent and prepare their hearts for the coming of Messiah. Merida comments "Paul is announcing the way of salvation (cf. It is interesting to note that when we get serious about seeking the Lord Jesus that He will speak to us and we will discern His will. 13:5; Jer. Happiness is different from joy, it is dependent on happy circumstances! Now meant there was to be no delay. Acts 13:17 "The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out from it. Jesus is your Lord, and Gospel propagation is His command (cf Mt 28:18-20). The name conferred on Barnabas by the apostles was appropriate because it truly described him. Kenneth Gangel on the word work - An interesting little word, so common in the Greek language and in English as well, yet in this case designating the missionary effort as a whole. 9:3; 1 Sam. As discussed above, in either case, Manaen clearly was exposed to the "evil seed" of the Herodian line, and yet by God's grace had a "crop failure" of "corrupt fruit" (so to speak). Through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you (13:38). It is likely they sensed an urgency about something, a need to seek God in a special way. (LAC). If you have a message of encouragement, “please speak”! Christ will not only remove guilt, He will make one perfectly righteous in the sight of God. (For more discussion on the magi see MacArthur's sermon Matthew 2:1: Who Were the Wise Men?). 2. 1. David’s sin with Bathsheba is recorded in 2 Samuel 11:2–5. Mano on mano (actually in Spanish not "man on man" as we usually think but “hand-to-hand” which is still a good picture of this face off)! 4:22; Acts 4:12; Acts 7:25; Acts 13:26; Acts 13:47; Acts 16:17; Acts 27:34. In that passage, it says that God curses a person who is hanged from a tree. The account of his death in Dio Cassius's Roman History clearly implies that he was one victim of Domitian's ruthless persecution of Christians.63. For a time (achri kairou) is literally "for a season," a specified period of time (See kairos). Chara in Luke's writings -Lk. (Jn 8:12). We can never anticipate how the Holy Spirit is going to work things out. The first question was one Jewish people have wrestled with from apostolic times until now: If Jesus is the Messiah, why did the Jewish leaders fail to recognize Him as such? Today Perga is a large site of archaeological finds and thus is a tourist attraction, commonly called Eski Kalessi.