PAUL GOES TO JERUSALEM


” So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owns this girdle”

To show Paul’s faith as he bravely faced the trials before  him, knowing that God was working in his life.

PAUL TRAVELS TO JERUSALEM

Paul was going back to Jerusalem.When he came to caesarea,there was a prophet there named Agabus,who could prophesy by the power of the holy spirit.He tied it around his own hands and feet ” Thus saith.He  said ” So  shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle,and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.” So Paul knew that he would be taken prisoner in Jerusalem, but he went there anyway.

PAUL ARRIVES IN JERUSALEM

When Paul arrived in Jerusalem,all the brethren were glad to see him. Paul told them the wonderful things that God had done through him among the Gentiles. Everyone joined in praise to God when they heard these things.

PAUL’S ENEMIES IN JERUSALEM

Some of the Jews whom Paul had argued against during his journeys saw him in the Temple.They did not like Paul teaching to the Gentiles. They liked to think God only cared about Jews. So they caught hold of him and cried out, Men of Israel! Help! This is the man that teacheth all men everywhere against the people,and the law of Moses, and this Temple. He has brought Gentiles also into the Temple,and hath polluted this holy place.”   Of course,this was not true,but the news spread rapidly through the crowd.People came running from all directions. They seized Paul and dragged him out. Then they shut the doors of the Temple and set about to kill him.

THE CHIEF CAPTAIN MAKES PAUL A PRISONER

In Jerusalem there was a band of Roman soldiers in charge of the city.When the chief Captain heard that Jerusalem was in an uproar, he immediately ran down into the city with centurions and soldiers. The people were so crazy that they would have killed Paul.But when they saw the Chief Captain and soldiers coming,they stopped beating him and stood back. The Chief Captain arrested Paul and Commanded his soldiers to bind him with two chains. Paul was a Roman prisoner now.

PAUL IS TAKEN TO THE CASTLE

The Chief Captain demanded out one thing,and some shouted something else.The Chief captain could not  understand what they all meant because of the noise.So he ordered Paul to be brought into the castle.The soldiers actually had to carry Paul,because the crowd was so violent.   As he was led up the steps into the castle,Paul said to the Chief Captain,” I beseech thee,allow me to speak to the people.” The Chief Captain gave him permission.   So Paul stood on the stairs and held up his hand. Then everyone became quiet and listened.

PAUL SPEAKS TO THE PEOPLE.

Paul spoke to all the people in the Hebrew language. He told them that Jesus Christ had appeared to him on the  road to Damascus long ago,and had told him to preach the Truth to all men. God had even told him that he was sending him to the Gentiles.

As soon as Paul said the word ” Gentiles” the people who had been very quiet until then, started to shout out loudly again.

” AWAY WITH SUCH A FELLOW FROM THE EARTH, FOR IT IS NOT FIT THAT HE SHOULD LIVE!”  They cried. They could not believe that God wanted to save gentiles as well. They thought that God was only interested in Jews like themselves.

PAUL IS KEPT IN PRISON

When all the shouting started again, the Chief Captain took Paul right inside the castle.      So the words which God had spoke through  Agabus had come to pass .Paul had been terribly beaten,and now he was a prisoner at Jerusalem! But this evil which had fallen upon Paul was really all part of God’s plan. God was making a way open for Paul to visit Rome.

Brief:   The word of God through the prophet Agabus had come to pass. God’s word always does! Paul had been badly beaten and made a prisoner,all because he was teaching about Christ and the Kingdom of God.But he never lost his faith,even in trouble.

We must remember that:

* Agubus the prophet showed Paul that he would be a prisoner in Jerusalem.

*The brethren at Jerusalem welcomed Paul.

*Paul’s enemies set about to kill him.

* The Chief Captain arrested Paul.

*The chief Captain allowed Paul to speak to the people.

*When Paul mentioned ” the Gentiles” the people became angry again.

* God was making a way opened for Paul to go to Rome.

* We should trust in God at all times and He will deliver us in times of trouble.

We should be like Paul and trust in God at all times and He will deliver us in times of trouble.

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EUTYCHUS FALLS A SLEEP


” Trouble not yourselves, for his life is in him”

To show God’s power in raising to life again people that have  died.

THE MEETING AT TROAS

It was night time in the city of Troas. In one room, high up on the third floor of a house , many oil lamps were burning.It was the first day of the week and the followers of jesus had met there to break bread and drink wine,as Jesus had commanded. Everyone in the crowded room was listening very carefully to paul as he spoke to them from the Bible.

PAUL SPEAKS TO THE MEETING FOR A LONG TIME

The apostle paul had been at Troas for six days now ,but on the next day he had to leave them.He was on his way back to jerusalem. Knowing that he would never again see the brethren at Troas until the Kingdom should come, Paul had many things to say to them.They must have been only too glad to listen,because paul went on speaking until midnight.

EUTYCHUS FALLS OUT OF THE WINDOW

There was a young lad named Eutychus sitting on the window sill listening to paul. After Paul had been speaking for a long time,Eutychus became drowsy.His eyes closed, his had nodded,and soon he fell sound a sleep. Then,while Paul was still speaking,Eutychus fell right out of the window and down onto the street,three stories bellow.When the people lifted him up.he was dead, killed by the fall from the window.

EUTYCHUS IS RAISED FROM THE DEAD

Horrified,the disciples rushed down the stairs. What a terrible thing to happen! When they found that Eutychus was dead,they were shocked and very sad. But just as  God had given Jesus the power to raise up the dead ,so He gave this power to his apostle Paul. Paul fell upon Eutychus and put his arms around him.”Don’t be frightened” he said to the disciples.He is alive” And so he was.Eutychus had been brought back to life.

LAST HOURS AT TROAS

With hearts full of thankfulness,the disciples returned to the upper room.With their own eyes,they had seen God’s power to raise the dead to life again  Now they broke the bread and drank the wine to remind them of how jesus had died and God had raised him up again.They were very much comforted and their faith was strengthened by the great miracle they had just seen!

PAUL SPEAKS UNTIL THE MORNING

Paul went on speaking through the early hours of the morning ,encouraging them to be faithful to the words he had taught them from the Bible.If they remained faithful,they,too,would be goven life from the dead at the return of the Lord Jesus christ.

But now the day was breaking and Paul had to leave for Jerusalem.He knew that they would bind him with chains and put him in prison there.But he too took courage from the miracle that had just happened.He also would die,but God’s power would raise him at the return of Jesus ,and we know that Paul will  be amongst those who will live forever in God’s kingdom.

Brief:   Eutychus was a young man who wanted to hear God’s word,but he grew tired,and fell from his seat on the window ledge and died.God’s power to raise the dead was shown when the apostle Paul brought him back to life again. Eutychus had the opportinity to continue his study of eternallife at the return of Jesus,If he remained faithful.so must we learn from the word of God and be baptised and continue to obey God that we too may be given life eternal when Jesus returns to the earth.

Remember that:

* Paul spoke to the people in a third floor room at Troas.

*Eutychus wennt to sleep and was killed when he fell out of the window.

*By God’s power Paul made Eutychus alive again.

* The disciples returned to the upper room and broke bread and drank wine.

* Next morning Paul left Troas to go to Jerusalem.

* We must believe and be baptised and continue to obey God so that we may find a place in the kingdom when Jesus returns to the earth.

THE RIOT AT EPHESUS


” Many that believed.. brought their books and burned them”

“To show that God protects from harm and danger all those who put their faith and trust in Him.”

TROUBLE AT EPHESUS

One day the people of Ephesus had a riot because of the things that Paul was teaching.(A riot  is when people in a city gather together in a mob and start to shout and make a commotion.They often break the law and rush about making everyone excited and angry and afraid.)

MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THE GOSPEL IN EPHESUS

When paul was in ephesus, many people believed the Gospel.Some of them were people who had had a lot books about magic and all sorts of other things that they had believed before. They decided to get rid of them.

They brought all their books out together in front of everyone in the city and set alight to them.They counted up how much they could have sold these books for and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver- a fortune in those days But they burnt them to ashes to show that the things in those books were lies. They were going to believe the things of the Truth from now on.

THE MEETING OF THE SILVERSMITHS

Although many people were thrilled to learn the truth that Ephesus ,there were some who were not pleased about it There was a man named demetrius,who was a silversmith.( A silversmith is a man who makes things out of silver.) Demetrius used to make images and shrines to the idol named Diana. He used to sell them to people.He soon became rich doing this. But now he could see that if people were going to stop worshipping the goddess Diana , he was not going to make workmen who made idols and ornaments.

DEMETRIUS SPEAKS TO THE CRAFTSMEN

” Sirs”, he said,” you know that we make a lot of money by making shrines and idols to Diana”

You can also see”, Demetrius went on ” that this paul is turning people away from worshipping idols. Our craft is in  danger.” He was telling  them that if people stopped worshipping idols ,then people would stop buying the shines and silver trinkets and ornaments and then all the craftsmen would get no more money.

” Not only that ” he said.” But the great temple of Diana will be despised.” well, the people.listening thought that this would be a terrible thing. people would stop coming to Ephesus to see the magnificent temple of Diana and to worship there . If they did not come to Ephesus then they would not spend their money there.

THE RIOT STARTS

The silversmiths came very angry. They cried out,

Then the whole city was confused by the noise.Some of them caught two of Paul’s friends, Gaius and Aristarchus, who had travelled with him, and dragged them to the theatre. ( The theatre was a large open-air hall where crowds could gather to listen to speeches and plays.) Paul tried to go in to speak  to the people,but the other disciples would not let him.

It was too dangerous. The Ephesians were so angry and excited they might have killed him.

THE UPROAR IN THE THEATRE

Inside the theatre ,some people called out one thing , some another. Most of them did not even know why they had all come there anyway..They started to call out all together” GREAT IS DIANA OF THE EPHESIANS,GREAT IS DIANA OF EPHESIANS” . They kept yelling like this for about two whole hours. What a dreadful noise!

THE TOWN CLERK QUIETENS THE CROWD

Then the Town clerk stood up in front of the people and told them all to be quiet.

“You men of Ephesus” he said, Everyone knows that the Ephesians all worship Diana and look after the temple.

You ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly.if Demetrius has a matter against anyone he can do the proper thing and take them to the court. We are likely to get into trouble with the Roman soldiers for this uproar because  we have no excuse for this meeting.”

And when he had finished saying this he sent everyone home.

PAUL LEAVES EPHESUS

After the riot was over Paul knew he must leave the city.It would not be safe for him to stay any longer.He called together all the disciples and said goodbye and went on his way.

BRIEF:        After they taught the people about God ,Paul and his friends were often in danger.  Those men at Ephesus were ready to hurt them. But God saved them out of trouble. We must always put pour trust in God to help us .He will not help us if we do foolish things.but if we put our trust in him, then whatever happens will be the best things for us.

We are not likely to worship idols these days ,but if anything in our life is more important than serving God then it becomes like idolatry for us.

*Remember that: Many people believed the Gospel at Ephesus.

*They burned their books about magic.

*Demetrius the silversmith was not pleased.

* All the craftsmen cried out,” Great is Diana of the Ephesians” and started a riot.

* The people were confused.

*The town clerk quietened the crowd.

God bless our readers

PAUL WORKS AT CORINTH


“I have many people in this city”

To show how friends  in the truth can encourage and help us along the way to the Kingdom.

PAUL FINDS AQUILA AND PRISCILLA

Another city that Paul came to in his travels was Corinth. In Corinth he met a Jew named Aquila and his wife who was named Priscilla. Priscilla and Aquila loved the Bible.

PAUL WORKS WITH AQUILA AND PRISCILLA

Aquila and Priscilla earned their living by making tents Paul was a tent-maker too. He stayed with Aquila and Priscilla and they worked together, they talked about the word of God.

PAUL  TEACHES FIRST IN THE SYNAGOGUE; THEN GOES NEXT DOOR

E very Sabbath day Paul would go to the synagogue in Corinth and preach the truth.But the people there did not want to listen when he told them that Jesus was the promised Savior. So Paul left the synagogue and went to the house next door. Justus,the man who lived there worshiped God and he did not mind Paul using his house.Many people from Corinth came there and heard the Gospel preached.Even  the chief ruler of the synagogue, Crispus,believed and his household too and they all were baptized.

PAUL ENCOURAGED BY A VISION

Then  God spoke to Paul in a vision and said” Do not be afraid,but speak. Do not keep quiet. For I am with you and no man shall hurt you for I have many people in this city”

Paul knew then what God wanted him to do. He sated there at Corinth for a year and a half and kept on teaching the Word of God among them. He was not afraid for he knew that God was working through him to save many people there.

There are two letters in the Bible which Paul later wrote to the believers at Corinth- first and second Corinthians.

WHAT PAUL THOUGHT OF AQUILA AND PRISCILLA

Paul became very fond of Aquila and Priscilla.  He loved them dearly. They went with him sometimes on his journeys.

At one time they even risked their lives to save Paul’s life.He called them” my helpers in Christ Jesus’. The ecclesia often held their meetings in the home of Aquila and Priscilla.

Brief:

Priscilla and Aquila were very happy together because they both loved to learn about God. They were both waiting for the Kingdom of God. So was Paul. This is why they were so happy together and such good friends . We also should only choose friends who love the things of God.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have Paul call us his helpers when he is raised from the dead again? If we learn the things of the Bible and do them, then we can be sure that he will do this.

*  Paul stayed with Priscilla and Aquila at Corinth.

* They were tent makers like Paul.

* Paul preached the Gospel from the home of Justus and  many believed.

* God encouraged Paul in a vision by night.

*Paul loved Aquila and Priscilla dearly.

* We should only chose friends who love the things of God.

PAUL AND SILAS BAPTISE THE JAILOR AT PHILIPPI


” What must I do to be saved?”

To show God’s power to save those who are His and that good may come of trouble.

PAUL AND SILAS ARE FREED BY GOD

Paul and Silas were in the prison at Philippi. Their feet were locked in the stocks.It was midnight and those two faithful brethren were praying and singing praises to God. The other prisoners there heard them.

Suddenly there was a great earthquake.  The foundations of the prison shook and the doors of the prison burst open.

All the prisoners’chains fell off.

The jailor woke up with a start and saw that the prison doors were open.He thought that all the prisoners had escaped and that he would be put to death.So he took out his sword to kill himself.

THE JAILOR LEARNS THE GOSPEL

But Paul called out in a loud voice, “Do yourself no harm: for we are all here.” The jailor called for a light .He ran into the prison, trembling and keeled at the feet of Paul and Silas. When he had brought them out he said,”Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

They said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ ,and thou shalt be saved,and thy house.” And they preached the Gospel to the jailor and his household,then and there.  Next,the jailor gently bathed Paul and Silas’sore backs where they had been beaten. How humble he would have been to think that Paul and Silas’ sufferings had made it possible for him to learn the Truth and be saved. Then the jailor was baptised,he and all his household, straight away.

After that they all sat down and shared a meal together rejoicing and praising God for the wonderful things he had done.

PAUL LEAVES PHILIPPI

The next day the magistrates asked Paul and Silas to leave their city. They realized that they had thrown them into prison without even finding out what they had done wrong. They were afraid now that they might get into trouble. Paul and  Silas went ,but first they called at Lydia’s house Paul exhorted the ecclesia there and then they went on their way.

Years  later Paul wrote a later to the ecclesia at philippi and we can read it today in our Bibles. It is called the Epistle or Latter to the Philippians. They were always his friends and helped him in his work. He called them his ” joy and crown”.

Brief:

God is in control of all that happens on the earth. If it is His will he can cause an earthquake to deliver His servants.  Paul and Silas helped the jailor and his house hold to learn the Truth, even though they were suffering from being beaten.  We must learn the Truth and then try to help other people to learn the Truth too, no matter how hard it may be for us to do so.

* At midnight God sent an earthquake which freed Paul and Silas.

* The jailor keeled,Troubling  at the feet of Paul and Silas.

*They told the jailor how he could be saved and preached the Gospel to him.

*The jailor bathed their backs.

*The jailor and his household were baptized.

*We can read the letter that  Paul wrote to the Philippians in the Bible.

*Even when they were suffering,Paul and Silas preached the word of God.

PAUL AND SILAS GO TO PHILIPPI


“Come over and help us”

<<To show how the word of God was spread further and faith made Paul and Silas fearless in a time of trouble>>

PAUL SEES A VISION  OF A MAN OF  MACEDONIA

Paul was on another journey ,this time with a disciple named Silas.  One night he saw a vision.(A vision is like a dream, but it is  given by God,to tell the person who sees it something that He especially wants him to know). In this vision saw a man of Macedonia , a country just across the sea from where paul was staying. The man in the vision said,”The man in the vision said, “Come over into Macedonia and help us.”

PAUL GOES TO  MACEDONIA

Paul always went wherever God, by his Holy Spirit , sent him. So straight away he got into a ship and sailed to Macedonia and came to the main city there  called Philippi. On the sabbath day they went out of the city by a riverside. People gathered there to pray. Paul Silas knew it would be good place for preaching and they sat down and spoke to the women who came.One of the women was called Lydia. She was a seller of purple cloth and dye. Lydia already worshipped God and was glad to hear Paul and Silas. God knew what was in her heart and through the words of Paul and Silas, helped her understand the Truth. She took careful notice of the things they spoke and she  believed them. Quite soon Lydia was baptised, as well as all the people in her house. She asked Paul and Silas to stay with her for a while in her home.

A GIRL WITH A SICK MIND IS HEALED

There was a young girl in Philippi who sick in her mind. She worked for some wicked men who pretended that she could really tell what was going to happen in the days ahead. People gave them money to hear her speak. So her masters were glad she was ill. It made them rich. Day after day she had followed Paul and Silas. She met Paul and Silas as they were on their way to preach. She called out, “These men are the servants of the Most High God which way she said it over and over, crying out loudly in a sill away showed how sick she was. Paul felt sad and he turned and spoke to her and healed her of her sickness.   She became a normal, sensible girl.

THE GIRL’S MASTERS ARE ANGRY

When the masters of the girl saw that they would not be able to use her to make money any more, they were angry and dragged Paul and Silas to market  place to the rulers of the city.

PAUL AND SILAS ARE PUT IN PRISON

The magistrates tore of the cost of Paul and Silas and had them beaten many time until their backs were very sore and bleeding. Then they cast them into prison, telling the jailor to keep them safely. To make sure they could not escape, the jailor put them into the inner prison. Their feet were locked tightly in wooden stocks. The jailor knew he would be put to death if his prisoners  got away. He did not want that to happen.

PAUL AND SILAS SING AND PRAY

But Paul and Silas did not worry about what might happen. At midnight the other prisoners heard them singing hymns and praying to God,  for Paul and Silas knew that He was watching over all that was going on. In our next lesson we will learn the exciting things that happened after midnight.

Brief:

God, in His wisdom, knows all things. he knew there were lots people in Macedonia whose hearts were ready to hear the gospel and obey its call. So it was God who led Paul and Silas there so that people could learn the Truth and be baptised. Let us always keep our hearts and minds open to hear  Gods’s Word and obey it, just like Lydia

Remember these points:-

*Paul saw a vision of a man from Macedonia saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

*Paul set sail for Philippi in Macedonia straight away.

*Lydia believed the words of Paul and Silas and she and her household were baptised.

*The young girl with the sick mind followed Paul and Silas.

*Paul healed her of the sickness.

*The young girl masters accused Paul and Silas of making a disturbance.

*They were beaten and placed in stocks in the inner prison.

*At midnight they sang hymns and prayed to God.

*Our hearts and minds must always be open to receive instruction from the Word of God.

Glory to the Lord.

God  Bless

PAUL HEALS THE LAME MAN AT LYSTRA


“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.