THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
PAUL SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY
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A very warm welcome
back, and glad you could join us for today's Daily Bread. Our study
today takes us with Paul and Silas on Paul's second journey of sharing the
Gospel and the news of salvation through Christ to the Gentiles.
When they went to Derbe and Lystra, there was a disciple there named
Timotheus, whose mother was a Jewess believer, but his father was a Greek
man who was well respected by the brethren in Lystra and Iconium. Paul
wanted Timotheus to go out with him to preach, and because of the Jewish
people in that area, Timotheus was circumcised because everyone knew that
his father was Greek. (So, think about this through the Jewish people's
eyes. You've been raised to disregard the Gentiles. You've got a half
Jewish/half Gentile man, trying to convert you, and he doesn't even follow
the law of Moses, why would you believe anything he said? However, if the
Jewish people saw that Timotheus followed the law of Moses, he'd be much
more credible in the eyes of the Jewish people, and Paul, being chosen as an
Apostle of the Gentiles, can apprentice Timotheus, and gain Jewish people
for Christ.) So in order for Timotheus to be able to reach the Jewish
peoples he came across, he was gonna have to follow the Jewish customs.
As they went through the cities, they delivered the letters that were written
by the Apostles and elders in Jerusalem of the decrees to keep. So the
churches were established in the faith and increased in number, daily. You gotta imagine how Paul went abroad to many places and in each place those
that believed became a sect and would gather to worship. This became a
CHURCH. Paul would make his rounds as he was spreading the Word when he
would pass one of the cites that established a Church cuz of his sharing of
the Truth on an earlier journey, and would stop in and hang out with the
They went throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden
to preach the Word in Asia. (This is the area where the seven churches in
Asia are, that are written about in
Chapters 2 & 3 of the book of Revelation). After they came to Mysia,
they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Holy Spirit didn't allow them to, so
they passed by Mysia, and went to Troas. Isn't that just so cool that they
were warned about which cities they were NOT to enter by the Holy Spirit?
In Troas, Paul had a
vision one night. A man of Macedonia stood and asked him, Come over into
Macedonia and help us. After he had seen the vision, they immediately set
out to go into Macedonia, confidently perceiving that the Lord wanted them
to preach the Gospel there.
SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY LESSON WITH PAUL SECOND
MISSIONARY JOURNEY EXPLANATION
I've got a couple of little Daily Bread Crumbs for you here. At this point
in the book of Acts, Luke, our author, makes it clear that he was WITH Paul
at this point, using the words we and us, in his descriptions
when he did not before. So Luke is with Paul now. Also, Macedonia, which
you'll hear about many more times in the New Testament, is what is now
modern day Greece.
Well, they set sail and went directly to Samothracia (Samothrace is a Greek
island in the Aegean Sea), and the next day they sailed to Neapolis. From
there they went to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of
Macedonia, and a colony (newly inhabited), and they stayed in that city for
On the Sabbath, they went outside the city by a riverside, where prayer was
known to be made, and they sat down and talked to the women who were there.
A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, from the city of Thyatira,
who worshiped God, heard them talk, and the Lord opened her heart and she
understood the things that Paul spoke of. When she and her family were
baptized, she asked them, If you have found me to be faithful to the Lord,
come into my house and stay there. And she insisted.
Here's another little Daily Bread Crumb! You often hear of
purple in the Bible. This is referring to Tyrian purple, which
comes from the area of Tyre in Lebanon. It is a crimson or purple dye
obtained by the ancient Greeks and Romans from snails. The color purple was
also used to represent imperial or regal power in those times. Most times,
the term purple in the Bible is referring to cloth that was dyed with Tyrian
One day when they went to
prayer, a slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met them, who
brought her masters a lot of money by fortune telling. In other words the
spirit within her would give her the ability to tell the future and her
masters made money off that power. She followed Paul and his men saying,
These men are the servants of the most high God, who show us the way of
salvation. She did this for many days and being disturbed by it, Paul turned
around and said to the spirit within her, I command you in the name of Jesus
Christ to come out of her. And it came out in the same hour. When her
masters saw that their hope of making money was gone, they caught Paul and
Silas, and took them into the marketplace to the rulers to be judged.
They told the officials,
These men, being Jews, greatly disrupt our city and teach customs that are
against our law, being Romans. The people spoke against them and the
officials tore their clothes, and commanded to beat them. After they were
beaten, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailor to lock them up
safely, so he put them into the inner prison and anchored their feet
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SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY MEANING
At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God, and the prisoners
heard them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so strong that the
foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were
opened, and every one's chains were loosed. The keeper of the prison awaking
out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, drew out his sword, and
would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped and he
would be put to death. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Don't harm
yourself, we're still here.
He called for a light,
and rushed in, trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought
them out, asking, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? They answered,
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you and your family will be saved.
They spoke to him the Word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
He took them that same hour of the night, and washed their stripes (wounds
from being whipped); and he was baptized, he and all his family,
When he had brought them into his house, he prepared a meal for them, and
rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. When it was day, the
officials sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go. The keeper of the
prison said to Paul, The magistrates have ordered to let you go: so go now,
and go in peace. But Paul said to them, They've beaten us openly without a
trial, being Romans, and they threw us into prison; and now they want us to
just leave quietly so nobody will know? No way, but let them come themselves
and bring us out.
We don't learn until Chapter 22 that Paul was born a
Roman citizen. His dad, or some other ancestor had
been granted Roman citizenship which was considered
a great privilege and honor to most. In the reign of
Claudius Caesar, Roman citizenship was bought and
sold at a high price, then in later years it could
be obtained for next to nothing ... But to make a
false claim to being a Roman citizen was a serious
sergeants told the magistrates: and they were afraid, when they heard that
they were Romans. They came and got them, and brought them out, and asked
them to leave the city. So, Paul and Silas went out of the prison, and went
back to the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they
comforted them, and departed.
Now, that was truly an adventurous time for Paul and Silas. You see, amazing
things can happen when you're just on your way to deliver a letter in the
name of the Lord. More adventures are ahead, so be sure to come back and
join us for more interesting stories, right here at your Daily Bread.
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