I. The first stop (Acts 13:4-5)
A. Cyprus (Acts 13:4; 4:36; 11:19-21)
B. The work is straight-forward: preach the Word (Acts 13:5; Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Corinthians 1:14-17)
II. The mission was met with interest and opposition (Acts 13:6-8)
A. The opposition: Bar-Jesus/Elymas (Acts 13:6-8; 2 Timothy 4:4)
B. The interested party: Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:7)
III. Opposition must be opposed! (Acts 13:9-11)
A. Paul was inspired in his opposition of Elymas (Acts 13:9-10)
B. We must be gentle and patient in our opposition of error (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
C. Mercy even in opposition (Acts 13:11)
IV. The result of truth (Acts 13:12)
A. Sergius Paulus believed (Acts 13:12)
B. Belief is always preceded by hearing (Romans 10:17)
C. Belief is a “synecdoche” for the proper response – obedience
(Acts 12; cf. 1 Peter 3:12)
I. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous (Acts 12:1-4)
A. The evil of Herod Agrippa I
B. The martyrdom of James the brother of John (Psalm 116:15; Revelation 14:13)
II. And His ears are open to their prayers (Acts 12:5-17)
A. God answers the church’s prayers concerning Peter
B. Such an unbelievable turn of events, the church didn’t believe it
III. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil (Acts 12:18-24)
A. Herod’s pride (Romans 1:24-25)
B. Do we give God the proper glory? (Matthew 5:16)
Day 36/260: Read Acts 12
James the brother of John had been martyred for the cause of Christ. Herod planned further violence against the church as the Jews reacted favorably to this action. Peter was arrested, but before Herod could strike him down, an angel rescued him from prison.
The church was offering “constant prayer” on Peter’s behalf. But did they really believe what they were praying? When Peter showed up at the door and John Mark’s mother told the others, they didn’t believe her. They thought she was crazy. “You are beside yourself!”
Finally they opened the door and saw the apostle standing there, “they were astonished.” Why? Hadn’t they been praying for this very outcome?
How confident are we in our prayers to the Almighty? Why are we often “astonished” when our prayers are answered? Do our doubts hinder the success of our efforts in the kingdom?
James tells us to ask God for wisdom, but warns, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” We should never be amazed by the power of God.
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
Acts 16:33. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
Pray for more confidence in God’s ability and desire to answer the prayers offered according to His will.