by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 16 (31 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a
certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son
of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed;
but his father was a Greek:
2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were
at Lystra and Iconium.

Paul meets this young man Timothy for the first time.
Timothy came highly recommended by the brothers in
Lystra and Iconium. This is where the bond began
between Paul and Timothy. Notice once again that Paul
wanted men with him of reputation. This is Paul's
standard of choosing men for service and ministry.
Would to God it would be ours today.

3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took
and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in
those quarters: for they knew all that his father was
a Greek.

For Timothy to be allowed access into Temple areas and
into other places of Jewish religious arenas to
preach, he would have to be circumcised. The Jews
knew that Timothy had a Greek father and would not
accept nor hear him without circumcision. A note here
could be made again for the caliber of men that Paul
wanted with him. For Timothy to be with Paul cost him
something. This circumcision was a painful experience
for an adult, but if he wanted to be with Paul and be
used by God, it was going to cost him something.
There was not going to be ease in ministry and
oftentimes one's person comforts had to be given up to
be used of God to minister the word to the lost. This
is a prime example.

4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered
them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of
the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
5 And so were the churches established in the faith,
and increased in number daily.

Paul and Barnabas delivered the letters from the
Jerusalem council to the Gentile converts and the
result was that God blessed ...

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