Life Notes “Opposed by a False Prophet” Acts 13:4-12
“Opposed by a False Prophet” Acts 13:4-12
Luke recorded the words of Christ: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 But how did the “witnesses… to the uttermost parts”, to the end of the earth, happen?
After the stoning of Stephen for his testimony that Christ was the Messiah, many followers of the Way left Jerusalem for safer location. Some moved to the city of Antioch in Syria. Barnabas was sent by the Jerusalem church to care for them and many more people turned to the Lord. Barnabus then brought Paul to help and together they met and taught many people for a year. Other leaders, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, emerged along with Barnabas and Paul. As all five were worshipping and praying, the Holy Spirit “set apart” Barnabas and Paul for the work He had prepared for them to do. With prayers and blessings with laying on of hands, Paul and Barnabas were sent off to Cyprus. There they receive no opposition until they met a sorcerer by the curious name of Bar-Jesus. Much was at stake and a confrontation between evil and good, between lies and truth erupted with a miraculous outcome.
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