Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes


Acts 13:14-23
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday: Acts 13:14
v14 (continued): Perga was the main city for the region of Pamphylia, located seven miles inland along the Cestrus River, yet Paul and Barnabus passed through without stopping to preach there. Apparently, they were in a hurry to reach Pisidian Antioch. The weather may have played a part in their decision. Depending on the time of year the mountain passes could be blocked by snow. We know they considered the city worthy of an evangelistic effort because they preached there on their return trip home (Ac 14:24-26).

Monday: Acts 13:14
v14 (continued): The journey from Perga to Pisidian Antioch was both difficult and dangerous. Here’s how one commentator described it: “It was a long and rugged journey; and lying as it did almost through entirely rugged mountain passes, while rivers burst out at the bases of huge cliffs, or dash wildly down through narrow ravines, it must have been a perilous one. The whole region was, and to this day is, infested by robbers, as ancient history and modern travels abundantly attest (Howson, as quoted by David Brown (1803-1897) in A Commentary, Jamieson, Fausset, Brown, Eerdmans, Vol. 3, reprint March 1982, “Acts,” p. 90).

Tuesday: Acts 13:14-15
v14 (continued): In his comments on this passage, David Brown went on to note that when Paul later referred to “dangers from rivers” and “dangers from robbers” (2Co 11:26), it’s likely he was thinking of this journey. The prospect of these dangers may have influenced Mark’s decision to get on a boat and sail home. v15: Paul and Barnabus arrived safely in Pisidian Antioch, and began their outreach by going to the local synagogue on the Sabbath (Saturday). They sat down and listened as the prescribed passages were read from the Law and the Prophets.

Wednesday: Acts 13:15
v15 (continued): A typical synagogue service at that time would have consisted of reciting the Shema (“Hear, O Israel…”, Dt 6:4), a prayer by the synagogue leader, reading passages of Scripture, and a sermon by a member of the congregation (Rienecker/Rogers, Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament, Zondervan, 1980, p. 292). As strangers to the city and distinguished visitors to the synagogue, they were courteously invited to bring a sermon to the congregation: “Men, brothers, if there is among you any word of exhortation to the people, say it.”

Thursday: Acts 13:16-17
v16: When the invitation came Paul stood to his feet and signaled everyone to be quiet by waving his hand up and down (Ac 12:17; 19:33; 21:40). He opened his message with an acknowledgement not only of the Jews who were present that day, but also the God-fearing Gentiles. He said, “Men, Israelites, and those who fear God, hear me!” (literal). v17: Beginning at verse 17 and continuing down through verse 41 Luke records the text of the sermon Paul gave that day. Paul must have provided a summary of the message years later as Luke was writing Acts. This passage may contain an outline Paul used on numerous occasions.

Friday: Acts 13:17-19
vs17-19: To begin with, he briefly rehearsed some of the key elements in Israel’s history in order to establish the fact that Israel was a chosen people. He said, “The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and lifted the people up during the sojourn in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm (Dt 5:15) He led them out from it” (literal). Then he mentioned the 40 years in the wilderness and the conquering of the Gentile nations so that Israel could possess the promised land. He noted that the period of time between Jacob’s family first entering Egypt and the conquering of Canaan was about 450 years.

Saturday: Acts 13:20-23
vs20-23: In one short sentence he mentioned the period of the judges, explaining that it ended when the prophet Samuel anointed Saul as the first king. He reminded them that Saul was from the tribe of Benjamin, which, as we know, was his own tribe (Php 3:5), and then after a brief statement that God removed Saul, he arrived at David, a central figure in his sermon. Unlike Saul, David was a man who God called “A man after My heart, who will do all My will” (v22). Without directly quoting the passage where David is promised that the Messiah would be one of his descendants (2Sa 7:12-16), Paul reminds his listeners that “From the seed of this man, according to promise, God brought a Savior to Israel, Jesus.” His point is that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Son of David, the Messiah. 


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