The Response to the Gospel

Acts 13:42
Author: Philip Harrelson
Topics: Blasphemy, Envy, Jews, Sabbath, Window
Series: Acts - Life in the Spirit, Bible Study Series


Acts 13:42-52 KJV  And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.  [43]  Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.  [44]  And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.  [45]  But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.  [46]  Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.  [47]  For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.  [48]  And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.  [49]  And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.  [50]  But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.  [51]  But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.  [52]  And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.


There is an old legend that is told about a rude old farmer who lived in a place called Temsche which is in Belgium.  This is an area of the world that is very famous for all of the tulips and daffodils that are grown there.  In that region, this farmer owned a vast acreage of land that grew some of the most beautiful tulips and daffodils that the entire country boasted of.  On his property there was a magnificent artesian well that constantly fed the huge operation for his flowers.  But in all the land around him, no one was able to have any success at all because they did not have any water to irrigate their pastures and fields.  They pled with him to let them gain access to his artesian fountain that was able to supply more than enough but he refused to do so.  The legend tells that one day one of the young women of the village was granted permission to fill her canteen with water from this spring by the rude old farmer.  When she left, instead of drinking the water, she started walking across the dry areas of all of the other farms.  In various places all over the region, she would spill just a few drops on the ground and to her great surprise, where the drops fell an artesian spring seemed to open up out of the ground.  Soon enough there were springs all over the region for miles and miles around.  In these dry and arid places, beautiful pastures of tulips and daffodils soon covered much of the region.

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