Acts 13:13-39 – September 3, 2006

November 23, 2006 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

BARNABAS AND PAUL TURN TO THE GENTILES – PART 1 (verses 13-39)

Q1) In verse 16, Paul starts by saying, “Men of Israel” but he was not in Israel rather he was in Antioch in Pisidia. Why did he greet the people this way?

Q1 Answer) Jewish people in both the Old Testament and the New Testament clung onto their customs wherever they lived.

Also he was in a synagogue and it should be noted here that back in these times whenever there was more than 10 Jewish men of teaching age in a city, that was enough to constitute a synagogue. When there was a synagogue in a city, those that were Jewish or converted to the Jewish faith established that not only were they part of that city but they were also part of Israel.

Q2) Why did Paul describe the wilderness of Egypt, Samuel, Saul, then David before he explained Jesus?

Q2 Answer) This is a standard format that Paul uses whenever he went into a synagogue.

Doing this showed that what the Jewish people believed was not in vain but that Jesus was the completion of what happened in the Old Testament times and that everyone in the Old Testament pointed towards Jesus as the coming Messiah.

Q3) In verse 26 why does Paul call the people that he is talking to “the family of Abraham”?

Q3 Answer) It showed a sign of unity.

Abraham was one of the dearest patriarchs and considered the father of the Jewish nation and by Paul calling them the family of Abraham he was acknowledging this. To put this in perspective, Paul was meeting these people right where they are at, just like when we come to Jesus, He meets us right where we are at with open arms.  In other words, he is taking what they have knowledge of and giving them knowledge about what Jesus did for them.

Q4) Compare verses 27-33 with Acts 10:34-43. What is being told to each group of people.

Q4 Answer) The Gospel of Jesus Christ which is His death, burial, and resurrection.

Even though we may consider this city close to Jerusalem and that we may think that most of the city knew about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, you can be sure that in actuality there were many who had no idea who Jesus was. This is a point where we in our daily Christian lives must make sure that we never assume that someone knows who Jesus is and what He did for them.

Q5) In verse 35 we see it stated that Jesus does not and will not see corruption, but in verse 36 it states that after David died he saw corruption. What does this mean and why is it significant?

Q5 Answer) Decay of the physical body is considered corruption.

Since David has a very special place in the hearts and minds of the Israelites, Paul was showing that even though David is highly elevated in stature that he saw corruption; whereas Jesus who died for all mankind never saw corruption but was resurrected. Again this is another way that Paul is meeting the people where they are at.

For this study we again are using the same map of Paul’s first journey:pauls-first-journey.gif

In this section there are two places that Paul and Barnabas go. Where are they on the map?

Verse 13 – Perga – number 5 on the map

Verse 14 – Antioch in Pisidia – number 6 on the map

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Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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