Paul and Barnabas Sent
Point: The Church cannot bestow "apostleship" but can recognize it.
Note: Niger doesn't necessarily imply a black man. Probably a proselyte from Nigeria. A Jew from dispersion.
I Tim. 3:1-7 -- responsibility of overseer (ministers).
Note: Paul was not an apostle until this moment.
Note: Original 12 now +3 (Barnabas, Saul, James)
Sailed to Cyprus (13:4-12)
John Mark with them. He may have been writing the book of Mark. Was a ministerial assistant.
Point: They preached the Word of God. Not Socrates, etc.
vs. 6 (-13)
Opposition from Satan . . . Bar-Jesus also called Elymas (vs. 8)
First use of "Paul" which means "little" vs. Saul which meant "destroyer."
Note: Was filled with Holy Spirit
Bar-Jesus struck blind because he sought to hinder.
Point: Donít fool around with God.
Antioch of Pisidia
vs. 14 (- 43)
Gal. 4:13-14 -- Paul was sick when he was in Galatia. Possibly malaria (Barclay, p. l02).
Antioch -- a different Antioch.
"Sabbath" could be a reference to Day of Pentecost.
Envy, Persecution (13:44-52)
David -- "a man after God's own heart, will fulfill all my will."
Hab. 1:5 -- Is where we get phrase, "the work."
"Sabbath" means 7 days (see vs. 44)
Jews wanted to keep Christianity a sect of Jerusalem.
Note: Obvious they were meeting during intervening week.
"...to the Jew first" Rom. 1:16.
Point: They saw that they would have to go to the Gentiles because the Jews resisted having been blinded by God.
"ordained" -- in the sense of eternal life.
Iconium -- about 90 miles away.
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