The Jealous Jews

Fascinating passage, first we see part of the problem from the Jews in Antioch was “Jealousy” and I find that sort of amusing, because at first glance I would think the text may have blamed unbelief or aggravation- but the text specifically says “They were filled with jealousy” and the Jews seemed to envy the attention that they got from this new message that had been revealed through the early Apostles- and when the grew sorderly and stubborn and aggressive, the disciples left to go elsewhere.

Yet not long later this event happens:

Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.

(Acts 14:19-20)

These agitators actually went out of their way to follow them from that city if Antioch all the way to Iconium. They were so bent on putting an end to this teaching they went out of their way and poisoned the minds of Gentiles in Iconium against them- and created a mob.

Yet Paul, get this, “He got up and wenf back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derby”

Haha as if nothing happened, and that same Holy Spirit that filled these men in Acts with power is the same Spirit that carries us through life today. Supernaturally enabling us to do whatever God has planned and giving us great boldness to face whatever we encounter. We must though receive God’s continual graces into our hearts and minds and let Him do all the heavy lifting. The disciples and Paul did not sit around feeling sorry for themselves, and feeling bad that they nearly got stoned to death. Paul, shook it off like nothing happened and powers on in the Lord’s strength. We too must have this same resolve because we serve a God and Lord that is far greater then whatever we face. His power can enable us with might on the inside even when stones are thrown from the outside!

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