BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 6, Day 3: Acts 13:1-14a

Summary of passage:  Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen, and Saul were teaching in Antioch.  Then the Holy Spirit told Barnabas and Paul to leave on a journey.  So they went to Salamis and Cyprus with John Mark (Barnabas’ cousin) as a helper.  At Paphos in Cyprus they met a false prophet named Bar-Jesus who worked for Sergius Paulus.  Sergius wanted to hear what Barnabas and Saul had to say but Bar-Jesus (otherwise known as Elymas) opposed them.

Saul cursed Elymas, saying he was a child of the devil and temporarily blinded him.  Naturally, Sergius believed in Jesus after witnessing this.

From here, Paul sailed to Perga in Pamphylia where John left.  Then they went on to Pisidian Antioch.

Questions:

5a)  The Holy Spirit told them what to do and who was to do it

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Just what the early church members did:  pray and worship and let the Holy Spirit guide me in all facets of my life including church work.

6a)  Barnabas and Saul were the leaders in Acts 13:7.  BSF may say it was just Barnabas but every time in Acts 13 I see them mentioned together (13:2, 7) and the pronoun they is used repeatedly.  In 13:13, it switches to “Paul and his companions” so here I would say Paul since he is singled out by himself.

b)  Paul was the one who called Elymas out and blinded him.  God gave Paul this power and His authority, not Barnabas, and we can assume other incidents occurred to mark Paul as God’s chosen leader.

7a) At Pamphylia

b)  Probably a disagreement or a quarrel.  Why do most people leave?  “Irreconcilable differences”

c)  Paul’s trust

d)  Jerusalem

e)  Yes and no.  Barnabas and Paul fought over it (never good), ultimately resulting in them going their separate ways (Acts 15:36-40).  But this could be a good thing as well because with Paul and Barnabas split, they touched more people that way and spread the word faster.  However, eventually Mark and Paul reconciled as we see from the passages listed.  My study bible says Mark is thought to have accompanied Peter to Rome where Mark and Peter wrote the Book of Mark.  Fascinating stuff to see how one starts out and then grows to write part of a best-seller!  All with God’s help!

f)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Maybe.  If you consider this blog a Christian work and some in the past have accused me of changing BSF’s spirit.  But here it still is.  Hopefully helping others.

8 )  I like this map:  http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net/Article/Bible/NT/Acts/Acts_Map_1-2_Journeys.gif

The colors are bold and the route traced.  Just google “Paul’s First Missionary Journey” for many, many more maps.

I’ll leave the scale work to you all.  We all know travel was not easy back then.  It was dangerous and hard work and took a long time, especially by foot.

Conclusions:  Finally, map work not as an End Note!  Yeah!!!

Here, we see God’s plan unfolding before our eyes as He hand picks His chosen men to do His work.  We also see how human differences can serve God’s purposes as a quarrel leads to more and more people coming to Jesus.

Everything in life serves God’s purposes and He can use the bad and turn it into good.