Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Acts 13: 45-52

45 when the Jews saw the croweds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was sayng.

46Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. 47For this is what the Lord has commanded us: " 'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth."

48When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

49The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. 50But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. 52And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Paul & Barnabus
shook the dust from their feet
& moved on with joy & the Holy Spirit
God planned that through the Jewish nation ALL the world would come to know God (Gen. 12:3). Paul, a Jew himself, loved his people (Rom. 9:1-5) and wanted to give them every opportunity to join him in proclaiming God's salvation. Unfortunately, many Jews did not recognize Jesus as Messiah, and they did not understand that God was offering salvation to ANYONE, Jew, or Gentile, who ever comes to him through faith in Jesus Christ!

Jesus told his disciples to shake from their feet the dust of any town that would not accept or listen to them (Mark 6:11). The disciples were not to blame if the message was rejected, as long as they had faithfully presented it.

To this day, God does not hold us responsible for another person's rejection of His Holy Word.

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