Shake it Off.

Acts 13
49 And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region. 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Mark 6:11
11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them.

This is a sign of a clear conscience. You as the minister of the gospel have done EVERYTHING you can. There is no more that could be done. So you don’t hold a grudge and get angry. You just shake it off and walk away.

Did he just say appointed?

Acts 13
47 For so the Lord has commanded us:

‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,
That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”

48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

Appointed: (of a time or place) decided on beforehand; designated.

MOST of the interpretations say appointed. International Standard Version even says destined!
Say what?

I found a paper written about this with a good explanation:

The word appointed in most translations of Acts 13:48 is a translation of the Greek verb tassō. The leading dictionary of NT Greek gives as the first meaning of this word “to bring about an order of things by arranging, arrange, put in place” (BDAG, p. 991b).

The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology article on tassō (vol 1, p. 476) reminds us of the military uses of this word: “its first meaning is military: to draw up troops (or ships) in battle array, and so to post or station them.”

The idea of arrangement and positioning fits well in Acts 13:48 too. An overly literal translation would be something like, “As many as had been arranged [or positioned] for eternal life believed.” We might paraphrase this as follow: “As many as had been prepared for eternal life believed.” When one makes arrangements for something, he prepares for it. Troops arranged in battle array are prepared to fight.

So a good translation would be:
God’s Word Translation:
The people who were not Jews were pleased with what they heard and praised the Lord’s word. Everyone who had been prepared for everlasting life believed.

God MUST prepare your heart through the Holy Spirit to receive salvation.
John 6:44 says
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Be Hungry for the Word

Acts 13
42 [n]So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.

The Gentiles WANTED the Word of God. They were HUNGRY. The Jews did not like this.
Paul said, we had to preach to you, God’s people, first. However, since you don’t want it, we turn to the Gentiles, they are HUNGRY for the Word of God.

Be amazed and die.

Acts 13:40 Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:

41 ‘Behold, you despisers,
Marvel and perish!
For I work a work in your days,
A work which you will by no means believe,
Though one were to declare it to you.’ ”

This warning about not believing in Jesus as our savior is pretty serious. Here it is in the New Living Translation:

Acts 13:41
‘Look, you mockers, be amazed and die! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.’”

This seems to be pulled from Habakkuk 1:5
The LORD replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.

However it seems that Paul added the “and die” part, which I think drastically changes what the scripture meant.
Maybe the context is that non believing people won’t believe. Whether they are told about it or not.

The Law could not…

Acts 13
37 but He whom God raised up [m]saw no corruption. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

So what the law could not do, Jesus did. We must believe that He died for our sins, because He loves us and wants to have communion with us!

We had a very enlightening conversation in the comments yesterday about what Jesus did when He died.
He went to Sheol to free every spirit in Abraham’s Bosom, and then he lead them to the third heaven when He (Jesus) Ascended.

No corruption and what is Sheol ?

Lets all try to learn together!

Acts 13
35 Therefore He also says in another Psalm:

‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’

36 “For David, after he had served [k]his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and [l]saw corruption; 37 but He whom God raised up [m]saw no corruption.

After some digging, i believe a good translation here would be “decay.”
Jesus’ body did not see decay, as he was raised to life.
King David’s body saw decay and he also did not ascend to heaven. He went to Sheol.

What is Sheol
In the Old Testament, Sheol is the place of the souls of the dead, both the righteous (like Jacob, Genesis 37:35, and Samuel, 1 Samuel 28:13–14) and the wicked (Psalm 31:17)

Following his death for sin, then, Jesus journeys to Hades, to the City of Death, and rips its gates off the hinges. He liberates Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, John the Baptist, and the rest of the Old Testament faithful, ransoming them from the power of Sheol (Psalm 49:15; 86:13; 89:48). They had waited there for so long, not having received what was promised, so that their spirits would be made perfect along with the saints of the new covenant

The Most Important Parts

Acts 13
28 And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. 29 Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. 30 But God raised Him from the dead.

He died for me when I was still at sinner.
They found no fault in Him. Yet they asked for Jesus to be put to death.

Acts 13
30 But God raised Him from the dead.

Paul begins to preach

Acts 13
20 “After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. 21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ 23 From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a[f] Savior—Jesus— 24 after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’

So it goes:
King Saul
King David

Paul’s Exhortation

Acts 13
16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: 17 The God of this people [d]Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with [e]an uplifted arm He brought them out of it. 18 Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness. 19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment.

Some more information on the seven nations in the land of Canaan:
The judgment of the nations of Canaan was a milestone in the fulfillment of God’s covenant to Abraham & Sarah, it is central to the establishment of the nation of Israel

So the destruction of the seven nations was part of the fulfillment of the promise.

Good VS Evil Confrontation 3

Acts 13
11 And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.”

And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

Some things to note:
He was only blind for a time.
He went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. (Kind of sounds like he doesn’t have friends or anyone to help him.)

Is this an example of seeing is believing ? I find it ironic that the sorcerer was blinded by truth, and the proconsul saw more clear from truth.