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1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. 3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, 6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: 7 And there they preached the gospel. 8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. 11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. 13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. 14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: 16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. 18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them. 19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. 20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. 21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. 23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. 24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. 25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia: 26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. 27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. 28 And there they abode long time with the disciples.

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1 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "It was very easy for the early pagans to adopt Christianity since Jesus' claim to be the son of God was no different than the claims of the other Greek stories which espoused Zeus as the "father" and his son Hermes born of a young maiden."
2 Sarah R = "You would think so, Yaakov, but as we read on we see that the people did not understand and did not accept their message! Paul and Barnabas "barely" stopped the crowds from sacrificing to them. While missionaries sometimes use stories familiar to people to help them understand the gospel message of Jesus Christ, in this case the people were too hyped up to listen. It is sad because when you read Greek mythology, like the Illiad, you see that the Greek gods are overwhelmingly selfish, spiteful, and play trickery on humans, whereas here was the Real God, God in the flesh come to bring them peace and joy and eternal life, and they couldn't see Him, blinded as they were by their false gods and false beliefs."
3 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Some New Testament manuscripts say Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker". Again, these people were used to gods taking shape in the form of men. Having Jesus as the Son of God, was no different than having Zeus as the father to them and Hermes as his son."
4 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = ""
5 Sarah R = "I heard a lifelong missionary speak once, a long time ago, who had worked in different places in the world and he said that every people group and every culture has some story in it that we can use to help them understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believed he called it a "salvation story".  He said the key to evangelizing a new culture was to find that story, and show them how it's more than just a story, it's Life, and it's Life available to them. Paul does this in Acts 17 with the Greeks and the "unnamed god".The Bible says that "God has set eternity in their hearts" (Eccl 3:11) and "What may be known of God is manifest in them for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:19,20). "
6 Deena E = ""we also are men of like passions with you"Every human being is susceptible. No one is exempt from temptation. "
7 Sarah R = "Barnabas and Paul would not accept praise and worship and condemned the practice of worship of a human being... yet they encouraged the worship of Jesus. This shows their belief in the divinity of Jesus."
8 Sarah R = "www.listeningforgod.org"