Morning Reading: Acts 13:44-52 NLT – light to the gentiles

Reading: Acts 13:44-52

The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord. But when some of the Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul and argued against whatever he said.

"Simeon's Moment" Lithograph by Ron Dicianni
“Simeon’s Moment”
Lithograph by Ron Dicianni

Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was necessary that we first preach the word of God to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and judged yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to the Gentiles. For the Lord gave us this command when he said,

‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’

When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and thanked the Lord for his message; and all who were chosen for eternal life became believers. So the Lord’s message spread throughout that region.

Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town. So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium. And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Lord Jesus – Make us bearers of your Light and Life to the farthest corners of the earth. Fill us with joy and the Holy Spirit… that hearing we might receive… that receiving we might be saved… and spread the Good News in our homes… and neighborhoods and workplaces. Strengthen believers throughout the world to be your faithful witnesses. Amen.

Spiritual Song: “Shine on us” – Michael W. Smith / Debbie Smith