by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 13:1-9 (25 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

Peter having escaped from Herod's imprisonment by
God's hand, and Herod himself killed by God, the
narrative switches from Peter back to Saul.
Throughout the remaining chapters of the book of Acts,
we will see the ministry of Paul.

1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch
certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon
that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and
Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the
tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy
Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work
whereunto I have called them.

The church at Antioch was now Paul's base of
operation. The emphasis, personality wise, changes
from Peter to Paul.

The church of Antioch had a diverse background of men
for ministry.

* Notice in verse 1, we see Barnabas, the son of
* We see also that the gospel had influence in Herod's
court with Manaen.
* Also Simeon that was called Niger (black). It could
very well be the same person who carried Jesus cross
to Calvary.
* Lucius was from North Africa (Cyrene).
* And of course Saul.

They were called prophets and teachers speaking of the
same office. Prophecy, of course, understood to
include "forthtelling" as well as "foretelling" and
teaching having to do with showing OT relationships
and implications.

Teaching was just that. These men continued to have a
teaching ministry. Teaching was emphasized greatly in
Acts and even in chapter 11; it ends by stating that
Barnabas and Saul were teaching disciples for an
entire year.

As these prophets and teachers continued in the
service of the Lord, (ministered) and while they were
fasting, the Holy Spirit said unto them, Separate for
me Saul and Barnabas for the work which I have called

Now, please forgive me for being rather sarcastic
here, ...

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