Read thru New Testament Devotional – June 30, 2017

June 30

 

Acts 9:23-43

Acts 9:23-25-Paul left Damascus and went to Arabia.

 

Ryrie 9:23 when many days had elapsed.  During this time Paul went to Arabia (see note on Gal. 1:17), so that three years elapsed between his conversion and his going to Jerusalem (Acts 9:26).

For an explanation of Paul’s trip to Arabia see:

http://www.biblestudytools.com/classics/barnes-scenes-in-life/residence-of-paul-in-arabia/

For a map of Arabia see:

http://www.biblestudy.org/maps/apostle-paul-travels-before-first-missionary-journey-map.html

 

After three years, Paul began a journey to return to Jerusalem.  Along the way he stopped in Damascus.  There he presented the Gospel so convincingly that it confounded the Jews.  They could not effectively present a counter argument.  The Jews in Damascus then decided that they were going to kill Paul.  Some of the followers of Christ caught wind of their plot, so they helped Paul escape by letting him down in a basket over the city wall.  He then went to Jerusalem.

Acts 9:26-30-When he arrived in Jerusalem the believers were afraid of him.  They remembered what he had done years before.  But Barnabas accepted him and took him to the Apostles.  Paul told them about his experience on the road to Damascus...and how he had told people about Jesus, there.  He began to do the same thing in Jerusalem.  He debated with the Hellenistic Jews there...and they decided to kill him.  The believers sent him to Caesarea and then to Tarsus.

Acts 9:31-The church in Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria was continuing to grow...and was enjoying a time of peace.

Acts 9:32-35-Peter was traveling and came to a city named Lydda.  There, he met a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for 8 years, paralyzed.  Peter healed him.  Many people from Lydda and Sharon saw what had happened to Aeneas and were saved.

 

Map of Lydda (this city is also called Lod, it is 11 miles southeast of Joppa)

http://bibleatlas.org/regional/lydda.htm

 

Acts 9:36-A woman named Tabitha (Dorcas-in Greek), who lived in Joppa, died.  She was a gracious, giving woman who had helped many people.  The disciples sent for Peter and he raised her from the dead.  As a result, many people believed in Jesus.  Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a man who was a tanner, named Simon.

Prayer: Lord, Please give me the heart of Barnabas.  He was the one who was willing to take in Saul...when others would not do so...either out of fear, or because they held a grudge against him because of his past.  Please help me to be a person who reaches out with your love to those that others turn away from.  This is a scary prayer, Lord...because if I mean it, then You will bring those people to me.  So Lord, please give me Your protection, and Your wisdom to deal with them in an appropriate manner.

 

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