Acts Chapter 13
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Question & things to think about from chapter 13
 
1)   The chapter starts with a very brief description of the commissioning of Paul and Barnabas. Since they seem to know where they are going when they set off, it seems likely that this is just a summary and that the Spirit actually gave more details than just “for the work”. What do you think? Is there any particular significance to the mention that there were “prophets and teachers” there?

2)   On Cyprus, they meet Sergius Paulus, the proconsul. He is actually known from inscriptions that have been found. With him is Bar-Jesus (=son of Jesus/Joshua), also known as Elymas (which, probably translates “magician” not Bar-Jesus). Paul calls Elymas out and tells him he will be blind for a time. Why does he react so strongly (especially since he doesn’t react as strongly to other opponents)?
 
3)   From Cyprus they go on to Perga in Pamphylia and then on to Pisidian Antioch. Where are Pamphylia and Pisidia?
 
4)   In the synagogue in Antioch, they are invite to share “a word of encouragement”. It was customary for visitors to be offered such an opportunity (and Paul will use it often). He sets out in great detail the history of God’s people as a prelude to talking of Jesus. How does this compare with the sermons of Stephen and Peter?

5)  Notice that, once again, the cross is not specifically mentioned (other than that they took him down from the tree) and that God’s promises to us come through the resurrection of Jesus. Paul does mention forgiveness of sins, but does not issue a call to repentance. Why might that be?

6)  The Gentiles who heard seem to be drawn to this message, but the “Jews” get jealous and provoke opposition, so that Paul and Barnabas have to leave. What was it about this message, or what was happening, that so provoked them, since they didn’t seem to object initially?