Acts 14:14-18.. 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd,
When Barnabas and Paul heard that the crowd wanted to offer a sacrifice to them as god’s vv.12-13 they tore their robes in horror and rushed into the crowd to stop the sacrifice.
crying out 15 and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
They ask why do you want to offer a sacrifice to us, we are men just like you. We teach the gospel to you to encourage you to turn from the worship of false god’s to the living God. The eternal God created the universe and all that is in it.
16 In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways; 17 and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
In the past God allowed the Gentile nations to go their own way. He had meant for the Israelites to be a kingdom of priests to them but they failed in that assignment, now He turned to the Gentiles with the active gospel of salvation through Jesus. A Yet, God left a witness for 1500 years by doing good, providing rain, fruitful seasons, satisfaction and gladness. About 40 generations.
18 Even saying these things, with difficulty they restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.
The citizens of Lystra had been so impressed with the supernatural healing of the crippled man they were determined to offer sacrifices to Paul and Barnabas. It was with great difficulty that they stopped the crowd.
What are the potential dangers of disciples today accepting praise from people; praise that should go to God?
Henry Luke 12/16/2017
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