Day 3 Read: Acts 13:13-25
From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia,where John left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”
16 Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! 17 The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country;18 for about forty years he endured their conduct in the wilderness;19 and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years.
“After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet.21 Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
23 “From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised. 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. 25 As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’
Reflect: From verses 17-23, list all the things Paul says God has done. How do God’s actions prepare the way for Paul to speak about Jesus in verse 23?
Consider: Perga was a city about eight miles inland from the coast: it is presumed that the missionaries landed at Attalia and made their way by land to Perga. However it is possible that they may have sailed up the Cestrus River for eight miles, disembarking at the river port of Perga about five miles from the city itself. Pamphylia was a very poor district lying between the Taurus mountains and the sea.3
Respond: Look at the list of actions again. What do these things say about who God is, what He has done, and how He has provided for us?
3 Ibid, 251.