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In Pisidian Antioch this oration was met by comprehension by some, and angry rejection by others.

His oration was met by comprehension by some, and angry rejection by others. Sometimes they would have weeks and months before being actively persecuted, other times it would be almost immediate.

They would offer the truth to all, Jew and Gentile, and when rejected by the Jews, which was what tended to happen, sooner or later, they would shake the dust from their feet in protest and move on, filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. Some days they experienced the highs and lows in such quick succession it must’ve made their heads ache.

‘In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed, and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that the man jumped up and began to walk.’

Acts 14:8

‘When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabus they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.’

Acts 14:11

‘But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.’

Acts 14:14

‘In the past he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Even with these words they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.’

Acts 14:16

‘Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.’

Acts 14:19 63

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