“Turn unto the living God which made heaven and earth”
<< To show that we must worship the living God, and sometimes we must suffer for the truth.>>
THE MAN AT LYSTRA
Paul and Barnabas came to a city named Lystra. Most of the people in Lystra believed that there were many gods. But they were wrong. There is only one God. At Lystra there was a man who was crippled in his feet. He had been crippled ever since he was born. He had never walked. Not even once. When Paul preached the Gospel there, the poor lame man heard him. Paul looked very carefully at the man sitting there and he saw that he was very interested in what was being said. He had the faith to be healed.
THE LAME MAN IS HEALED
Paul said to him with a loud voice, “Stand upright on thy feet.” And the lame man did just that! He leaped up on his feet and walked! God had healed him.
THE PEOPLE THINK THAT PAUL AND BARNABAS ARE GODS
The people of Lystra thought that Paul and Barnabas had healed the lame man by their own power. They decided that Paul and Barnabas must be two of gods that they worshipped. They said, “The gods have come down to us in the shape of a man.” The priest of Jupiter and Paul Mercurius. The priest of Jupiter even prepared animals to sacrifice to them. He brought oxen decorated with garlands of leaves and flower to the gate of the city to sacrifice there.
PAUL AND BARNABAS TRY TO STOP THE PEOPLE
As soon as Paul and Barnabas realised what was happening they were very upset. They ran among the people saying, “Sirs, why do you do these things? We are only men like you. We have preached to you that you might turn away from these wicked and the sea and all things that live in them.” And thought they spoke to the people like this they could hardly stop them sacrificing to them.
PAUL IS STONED
Then some wicked Jews from Antioch and Iconium came along. they had followed Paul and Barnabas just so that they could warn the people of Lystra against them. The people took notice of these wicked men and started to throw stones at Paul. He was badly injured. When he fell down, the dragged him out of the city and left him there. They thought he was dead.
PAUL LEAVES LYSTRA
But as the believers were standing sadly around Paul, he got up against and went bravely back into the city. The next day he left Lystra. Paul was often hurt like that as he traveled about preaching the Gospel. “it is only thought much tribulation that we can enter into the kingdom of God”, he said to his friends. “the sufferings of this Present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.”
Brief: Paul love the truth of God and was prepared to suffer even stoning so that other people might hear believe it. We also must not worry what people think of us when we speak the Gospel to them.
*There is only one God.
*The lame man of Lystra listened to the Gospel preached by Paul and had faith.
*The lame man was healed by God.
* The people thought Paul and Barnabas were gods.
* Paul and Barnabas tried to turn the people to the one true God
*Paul was stoned and dragged out of Lystra, but he got up and went back into the city.
* Paul said, “It is only though much tribulation we can enter the Kingdom of God.”
In God nothing is impossible.