by Daniel Rodgers

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Paul's Stoning At Lystra (5 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
Volume II
Dan Rodgers

TEXT: Acts 14:19-28

INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, Paul and Barnabas had spent some time preaching in a synagogue in Iconium. According to (vs. 1), many were saved: "And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed."

Of course, anytime the gospel is preached and people are being saved, the devil isn't going to be too far way, and such was the case in Iconium. Look again at (vs. 2),
"But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren." (Vs. 5), "And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,

Paul and Barnabas were forced to flee Iconium for Lystra and Derbe. When they arrived, they found a crippled man. The Bible says he had been lame from his birth. Paul healed him, causing quite a stir. The people wanted to make gods of Paul and Barnabas: (vs. 12), "And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker." Paul responded in (vs. 15), " Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein."

About that time, trouble makers arrived from Iconium. These are the same people who were responsible for Paul and Barnabas having to leave Iconium. Apparently, they had gotten got wind that they were preaching in Lystra; so they came to Lystra and turned the people against them, resulting in Paul's stoning: (vs. 19), "And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he ha ...

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