Acts 13:13-25

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Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem, but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.” So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: “Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. And after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. All this took about 450 years. And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’ (Acts 13:13-25)

From now on Saul is called by his Roman name Paul. And he also takes the lead in speaking while Barnabus stays beside him as his fellow-worker.

Leaving Cyprus they sailed to the north and land in what is modern Turkey. In each city the Jewish synagogue was the first place where they preached the gospel.

There follows a summary of what Paul preached in Pisidian (not Syrian) Antioch:   

1. How God chose and looked after Israel as His own people up to the point where David became king.

2. How God promised to give Israel a Saviour who would be a descendant of David.

3. How Jesus was this promised Saviour for repentant sinners; and this is followed by a reminder of how John the Baptist foretold his coming.

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*map source here @ www.searchingthescriptures.net

 

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