We will be doing a historical study of Psalms 105, 106, 107, and Acts 7. Our focus will be on Israel, the Church, and the United States. Today we will study Acts 14:1-7 the Rejection of Jesus by unbelieving Jews. During the time of Paul, there were many Jews who believed in Jesus as their Messiah. However, there was a group of unbelieving Jews who caused division and strife. They tried to kill Paul. Paul kept on preaching Jesus Christ to all who would hear.
We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. (Psalm 106:6)
Rejection of Jesus by unbelieving Jews Acts 14:1-7
- a) Paul preaching at Iconium v 1
- b) Unbelieving Jews caused division v 2
- c) Paul preaches v 3
- d) Persecution by unbelieving Jews v 4-6
- e) Paul preaches the gospel in Lystra and Derbe v 7
“And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. 3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, 6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: 7 And there they preached the gospel.” (Acts 14:1-7)
Here is a great example of perseverance. Even through persecution, Paul continued to preach God’s word. When they tried to stone him, he went to Lystra and Derbe so he could continue to preach God’s word.
In the face of no real opposition, are we willing to tell others about Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension? If not, why not?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001