This week ends with Acts 13:13-31.
v13: Perga of Pamphylia is in Asia Minor
This is John Mark (Barnabas’ cousin – Col 4:10)who was with them as their helper (Acts 12:25, Acts 13:5) – reputed to have written the book of Mark. We are going to see that John leaving them here is going to cause a rift in Paul and Barnabas’ relationship.
v15: Them = Paul and those who were with him.
· A word of exhortation/encouragement is not a word to make people feel good about themselves. It is a word to exhort people to the truth of G-d. The leaders want people to discern and respond to G-d’s revelation of what had just been read.
v16: Paul was a well-known individual because of his stature within Judaism as a Pharisee. They were probably excited to hear him speak. He had to quiet them down.
· It’s only when we listen that we can hear and only by hearing can we respond and obey.
v17: Chosen by means of a covenant.
· This verse gives us a picture of redemption.
· The people weren’t able to receive the promises of G-d in Egypt. They had to be moved to the right place in order to receive. We will never receive the promises of G-d outside of a relationship with Yeshua.
v18: G-d tolerated or put up with them.
· The purpose of the wilderness was to impart faith to the people. For those who had no faith in the wilderness it was a burden to them. For those who had faith, the wilderness was a time of blessing and learning.
v19: These nations were destroyed because of their unwillingness to respond to what G-d was doing with Israel.
v20: “After that” – after they inherited the land.
· Paul is highlighting prophecy here by alluding to Samuel. G-d’s prophetic purposes will come to pass.
v21: 40 mentioned again – 40 has to do with transitions or change Biblically. G-d’s desire was not for the people to have an earthly king. G-d listened to the people and gave them a king, however, to show them what disaster their own desires would lead to. Through this experience G-d wanted to bring change to their stubbornness, lack of faith etc
v22: David desired G-d’s will and G-d’s ways. David wanted to please G-d in the little things as well as in the big things.
v23: From this man’s seed (the man who desired to please G-d) came forth Yeshua – who is the fulfillment of G-d’s promises and the only means of eternal salvation.
v24: No-one challenged that John the Baptist was a man sent by G-d. He was revered, respected and accepted by Israel.
v25: Finishing his course – completing his work – finishing what G-d had given him to do.
· John denied that he was the promised Messiah, but he pointed to someone greater than himself (Matt 3:11-12)
v26: Abraham’s spiritual DNA was faith. We are his children (Jew or Gentile) if we have faith (Roms 9:6-8). Even those who are naturally descended from Abraham are not considered his children if they do not have faith.
v27: The leaders did not recognize Yeshua because of ignorance- but because of rebellion. Having all the evidence before them they chose to reject Him.
· Prophecy is again elevated as a means of recognizing who Yeshua is.
v29: Being placed on a tree was a fulfillment of prophecy (Deut 21:22-23 and Gal 3:13)
v30: BUT G-d – in contrast to what they thought or expected. Again, another Scriptural confirmation that the Father raised Yeshua – confirming that Yeshua submitted even in this.
v31: 2 Cor 13:1 and Deut 19:15