06/19/19 – Acts 12:24 – 13:15; Psalm 137:1-9; Proverbs 17:16
Posted on: June 19, 2019 /
Acts 13: The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. 9 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”
Time to consider a couple of questions: What does the proconsul desire? — to hear the Word of God. What is Elymas mission? — to turn the proconsul from the faith. What happened as a result? — Elymas was struck with blindness for a time.
In this event do you see any parallels to another New Testament episode? Does this not apply directly to Paul and His conversion? You can almost replace the word “proconsul” with “the church” and the name “Elymas” with “Saul.”
In Chapter 13 we begin to read of Paul’s missionary journeys. My hope is that you will use a map and track Paul and his companions as they travel throughout the countries. Knowing where they are and the people they are addressing will add greatly to your understanding of the history of the first century church.
If you do not have a map, copy and paste the following link into your search engine. The link takes you to a pretty good map of Paul’s first missionary journey. I will provide links for his subsequent travels as we read of them.