Acts 13:13 Paul & his companions then left Paphos by ship for Pamphylia, landing at Perga. John Mark left them & returned to Jerusalem. Paul & Barnabas traveled inland to Antioch of Pisidia. On the Sabbath they went to the synagogue for the services. After the usual readings from the books of Moses & the prophets, those in charge of the service sent them this message: "Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, come & give it." So Paul stood, lifted his hand to quiet them, started speaking. "Men of Israel," he said, "& you God-fearing Gentiles, listen to me.”The God of this nation of Israel chose our ancestors & made them multiply & grow strong during their stay in Egypt. With a powerful arm he led them out of their slavery. He put up with them through forty years of wandering in the wilderness. He destroyed seven nations in Canaan & gave their land to Israel as an inheritance. All this took about 450 years. "After that, God gave them judges to rule until the time of Samuel the prophet. Then the people begged for a king, & God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years. But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, 'I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.' "it is one of King David's descendants, Jesus, who is God's promised Savior of Israel! Before he came, John the Baptist preached that all the people of Israel needed to repent of their sins & turn to God & be baptized. As John was finishing his ministry he asked, 'Do you think I am the Messiah? No, I am not! But he is coming soon— I'm not even worthy to be his slave & untie the sandals on his feet.' "Brothers this message of salvation has been sent to us! The people in Jerusalem & their leaders did not recognize Jesus as the one the prophets had spoken about. Instead, they condemned him, & in doing this they fulfilled the prophets' words that are read every Sabbath. They found no legal reason to execute him, but they asked Pilate to have him killed anyway. "When they had done all that the prophecies said about him, they took him down from the cross and placed him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead! Over a period of many days he appeared to those who had gone with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to the people of Israel.
"Now we are here to bring you this Good News. The promise was made to our ancestors, God has now fulfilled it for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus. This is what the second psalm says about Jesus: 'You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.' For God had promised to raise him from the dead, not leaving him to rot in the grave. He said, 'I will give you the sacred blessings I promised to David.' Another psalm explains it more fully: 'You will not allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.' This is not a reference to David, for after David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died & was buried with his ancestors, & his body decayed. No, it was a reference to someone else—someone whom God raised and whose body did not decay. "Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God—something the law of Moses could never do. Be careful! Don't let the prophets' words apply to you. For they said, 'Look, you mockers, be amazed & die! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.’”
Paul and Barnabas left the synagogue that day, the people begged them to speak about these things again the next week. Many Jews & devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, & the two men urged them to continue to rely on the grace of God. The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord. When some of the Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul & argued against whatever he said. Then Paul & Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was necessary that we first preach the word of God to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and judged yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to the Gentiles. For the Lord gave us this command when he said, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’ When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad & thanked the Lord for his message; & all who were chosen for eternal life became believers. So the Lord’s message spread throughout that region. The Jews stirred up the influential religious women & the leaders of the city, & they incited a mob against Paul & Barnabas & ran them out of town. So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection & went to the town of Iconium. 52 The believers were filled with joy & with the Holy Spirit.
This is the gospel that will change people’s lives. I tried to add some commentary but I felt strongly no words, no interpretation of this chapter was needed, just God’s Word (the most powerful devotion I’ve sent out ever)
Prayer Points: Father help us fall in love with your word & guard ourselves from false doctrine & religious traditions that are not of you