Friday, April 9, 2010

Acts 14: 14-18

14But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting:

15"Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.

16In the past, he let all nations go their own way.

17Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy."

18Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.

P & B said
"We too are only men!"
Paul & Barnabas did not seek an excuse to accept the idolizing. Rather, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowds. The crowd wanted to worship them, and P & B were HORRIFIED, they were filled with strong emotion. They immediately began rejecting the notion that they were gods.

Then they stressed that though they were not gods, they did have a message from Almighty God. The "good news" at that moment was that they could leave dead gods and worship the Living God.

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