Saturday, September 23, 2006
My Study Notes: Chapter 11, TO LIVE IS CHRIST
My study notes: Chapter 11, TO LIVE IS CHRIST
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them’.
The church in Antioch gave generously to the believers in Judea as they faced impending famine. Barnabas and Saul headed for Jerusalem as ambassadors of famine relief.
A family of kings, all named Herod ruled Palestine. The Herod at this particular time was Agrippa I, grandson of Herod the Great who ruled at the time of Jesus’ birth and built the temple that stood in Paul’s day.
When they returned from their mission they brought back a young man named John Mark.
Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen, and Saul were prophets and teachers in the church. These five each had a personal passion for God. The leaders of the church in Antioch were constantly ready to hear from God, and when He spoke they listened.
‘So after they fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Here we meet the first international missionaries-- Saul and Barnabas.
God gave more than wisdom and experience to aid
them in their journeys, He gave then a helper. John Mark who would later write the second Gospel, the Book of Mark.
Paul made three missionary journeys as well as a final trip to Rome.
They started at Antioch in Syria. From there they sailed to Cyprus and on to Salamis and Paphos.
On his second trip he med Bar-Jesus who was the attendant to Sergius Paulus, the Proconsul or governor of Cyprus. Bar Jesus did everything he could to oppose them and keep the proconsul from believing what they had to say. The apostle rebuked him and God struck him blind.
Here we read that Saul was also called Paul. The scriptures call him Paul from this point on.
Acts 13:11 records the first miracle we see God perform through the Apostle Paul. He struck Bar-Jesus blind.
God wants to amaze us with the wisdom of His Word. He wants to show us how relevant He is.
In the next chapter, we’ll continue with the journeys of Paul and Barnabas ‘A Light for the Gentiles’.
‘On Ya’ - ma