June 12 – (Acts 12:6-19) God has truly delivered Peter from death in an extravagant way. Peter had a very hard time believing it was really happening. The Christians he went to, had a hard time believing it as well. Herod would not believe it was from God and as a result the guards were killed. As unbelievable as a miracle may be, it is still a real miracle. When miracles happen in our lives, let’s not think of it as any less.
June 13 – (Acts 12:20-25) Herod Agrippa I was a grandson of Herod the Great. He grew up in Rome, where the future Roman emperors Gaius (Caligula) and Claudius were his childhood playmates. It was largely due to these friendships that Herod was granted rule over various territories in Judea. Herod was a violent persecutor of Christians, perhaps because he believed such persecution would help him gain favor with the Jews (v. 3). He executed James, and had Peter put in prison. Following a well-received speech given to the people of Tyre and Sidon, Herod was enthusiastically praised as a god. Rather than reject the people’s worship, he embraced it. The Bible says that because of this demonstration of godless pride, an angel of the Lord immediately struck him down, and he died a gruesome death (v. 23).
June 14 – (Acts 13:1-12) What was the sorcerer’s name? What was his translated name? Do you think there are false prophets today? How are they drawing people away from the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? What about us ‘common Christians’, do we misrepresent Christ in our lives and words? Selah
DID YOU KNOW? Chapters 13 & 14 relate Paul’s “first missionary journey.” Sent by the Antioch church, Paul and Barnabas witnessed on Cyprus and in the southern cities of the Roman province of Galatia.
June 15 – (Acts 13:13-25) In these verses, Paul and Barnabas traveled to Antioch in Pisidia. The rulers of the synagogue ask for a word of encouragement. Paul encourages them by retelling what God has done in their lineage in history. It is always encouraging to recount how God has ordered your steps and guided you to where you are today. Let’s remember…
DID YOU KNOW? Antioch in Pisidia was one of 16 cities that the Syrian king Seleucus named after his father Antiochus. The city had a large Jewish population and the high status of being of Roman colony, probably Asia Minor’s most important. Designed to be a smaller version of Rome, it was organized into seven districts and possessed all the amenities that Rome afforded. These included an aqueduct, bathhouse, and most notable, its large sanctuary devoted to emperor worship.
June 16 – (Acts 13:26-41) As Paul is continuing his history lesson and God’s purpose in those events, I come to verses 36. “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in His own generation…” I’m asking myself, “Am I serving the purpose of God in my own generation?” Selah
June 17 – (Acts. 13:42-51) Barnabas and Paul spoke first to the Jews and when they rejected Christ, they then spoke to the Gentiles. This was foretold in Isaiah 49:6. In this rejection by the Jews, they incited a specific group of people against Paul and Barnabas. Who were they? I know it was common to incite prominent and devout men but it seemed rare that women are included (because of their cultural significance of that time). Do women today have more influence than in Bible times? In what way? In my observations, I’m realizing how much impact wives have. Though the man is to be the head of the marriage, I’ve noticed that eventually the head is turned to the attitude or direction that the wife has and sets. It makes me fall at Jesus’ feet and ask Him to totally direct my will and emotions toward Him alone. I don’t want to direct anyone anywhere but to His Presence and Glory. Selah
June 18 – (Acts 14:1-7) Paul’s witness in Iconium followed the pattern in Pisidian Antioch; he began in the synagogue. Both Paul and Barnabas are referred to as apostles (vv. 4, 14). The word has the general meaning of “one who is sent.” It is also used throughout the NT as a more technical term for someone chosen and commissioned by Christ for the proclamation of the gospel (Matt. 10:2; Luke 9:1; Acts 1:2,15-26). Paul understood his calling as an apostle to be like the calling of the original Twelve in the technical sense, because he had seen Christ on the road to Damascus and had been specifically chosen and appointed by Christ (9:15; 26:16-17).