Acts 14:1-3 – “Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”
A smart place to start
On his missionary journeys, Paul always went to the synagogue – where the Jews would gather around the Word. They were gathered to hear about Jesus, but they didn’t understand. —> Such a smart place to start out in every city he came to.
Would this be the equivalent of visiting local churches these days?
Although Paul and Barnabas were preaching the good news of Christ, it was not always well received. But they were not crushed by this.
In this account we see that because the unbelieving Jews were poisoning the minds of the Gentiles, Paul and Barnabas stayed there a long time to share with them the Word of His Grace. And the Lord granted sign and wonders to happen BY THEIR HANDS.
This is beautiful. Instead of just giving up on them, they stayed longer to be the Lord’s hands, feet and mouth piece. Such passion to see others know the Lord, the Truth.
A new opportunity
As we read further, we find out that they actually had to flee in the end, as there were plans to abuse and stone them. But they saw this as an opportunity to preach the Gospel at a new place. 🙂
Amazed by their persistence and love.