Note: First missionary journey. Have been in Antioch in Pisidia. Now moving to Iconium.
Acts 14:5 “…a violent attempt was made…to abuse and stone them”
Even though great signs and wonders were being performed by God through them.
Note: Fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia.
8 “…had never walked”
Since he had never walked, his healing would have to be a miracle.
18 “…they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them”
Good deed gone wrong. Minds of the people were so focused on their false worship, they could not comprehend the truth in front of them.
19 “…Jews from Antioch and Iconium…”
Not just Jews from Iconium, but from Antioch also. Envy ran very deeply.
19-20 “…stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead…he rose up and went into the city…”
Nothing miraculous is mentioned so he must have been unconscious. But it is a miracle that he wasn’t killed.
Note: Stoning happened in Lystra. Now going to Derbe. Have been to Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and now Derbe.
21-22 “…returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples…”
Backtracking to encourage and work their way home.
23 “…appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting…”
Set up leaders to keep things organized. There again is mention of praying with fasting. Wish I understood more the importance of fasting with praying.
25 “…when they had preached the word in Perga…”
Where John Mark had left them when they first arrived. No mention is made of them preaching there before, but are doing so now.
Note: Have passed back through Perga to Attalia and then sailing back to Antioch where they started.
27 “…they reported all that God had done with them…”
Report of the missionary journey. Debriefing of what God had done and perhaps ideas on what they had learned. So far, no mention of how long the entire journey took. Commentary suggested less than two years, but nothing definite.
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