I love this lesson and being able to discuss some of the Old Testament people! There are two different printables for this lesson. One is a really fun Mini-Notebook set and the other is a one page Cross Foldable.
Last week we talked about Paul and Barnabas teaching the Roman Governor, Sergius Paulus, about Jesus. He was very smart, but there was a sorcerer (or magician) named Elymas (EE'-luh -mus) who tried to talk him out of believing what Paul and Barnabas was saying. Paul told Elymas that he was the son of the devil and because of what he was doing, he would lose his sight for a time. Which he did…immediately. He had to ask people to lead him by the hand to leave. The Roman governor believed Paul and others heard and believed.
When Paul and Barnabas were finished preaching in Cyprus, they decided to travel to other cities. John Mark decided to go home and Paul and Barnabas got on a ship and went to Antioch in Pisidia [Pe'-si-dē-a]. (There were 16 Antioch's during that time.)
Today's lesson is found in Acts 13:14-50. They went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and listened to what the rulers had to say. When the rulers were finished with their readings, they always chose a rabbi or important person to speak. That day, the rulers said, "If there were any men that had anything to say, then to talk." Paul stood up. He started with “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, LISTEN.”
Then Paul talked about the God that took the Israelites out of Israel:
(1) Remember that God helped Moses take the Israelites out of Egypt. They were slaves and there were 10 plagues to encourage the pharaoh to let them leave. God watched over them for 40 years in the wilderness.
(2) Paul said that God had given the people judges for about 350-400 years, because they asked for them and then...
(3) God sent Samuel the prophet. (vs. 20)
(4) Then they asked for a king, so God sent Saul for 40 years.
(5) Then they had David as a king. Paul said that God proclaimed that David was a man after God’s own heart and from him, a Savior would come.
(6) That is Jesus. John came first and he baptized Jesus. John didn’t think he was good enough to baptize Jesus, but Jesus asked him to. John and Jesus were cousins.
(7) Paul went on to talk about how the people couldn’t find a reason to put Jesus to death, but Pilate allowed it anyway. After Jesus died on the cross, they put Him in a tomb and God raised Him from the dead. People saw Him for many days after He rose from the dead.
When the congregation left the synagogue, many of the people followed Paul and Barnabas. They asked if Paul & Barnabas would come again the next Sabbath and speak again. When they arrived the next week, almost the whole city was there to hear them preach! (vs. 44) Paul & Barnabas stayed in Antioch for a time. Read today's Bible verse again in Acts 13:49: And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.
The Jews rejected what Paul was teaching and they encouraged the chief men of the city to make them leave. The Gentiles heard and were glad to listen to Paul. So, Paul and Barnabas told everyone that would listen about God, but not all people wanted to listen or believe. It’s the same today, not everyone wants to hear about Jesus. And everyone that hears will not believe.
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