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As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath. When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.
On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
“I have made you a light for the Gentiles that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth
When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for
eternal life believed.
The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture
Matthew 21:43 & 22:8
2 Timothy 3:10-11
1 Thessalonians 1:6
Time for Reflection
In addition to the 3 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:
Paul believes that what God has done in Jesus He has done for the whole world, offered first to the Jews then to the Gentiles. Not all Jews responded well to “sharing” the good news with the Gentiles. In what ways are we like these Jews—un willing to include others into our midst? What might we do here at Hidenwood to increase our spirit of openness?