Paul and Barnabas did not seek the praise of men, and neither do we. Our aim is to share God’s message and give Him the glory.

Paul and Barnabas did not seek the praise of men, and neither do we. Our aim is to share God’s message and give Him the glory.

BibleGateway: Acts 14:8-18

ESV Text: Acts 14:8-18

Acts 14:8–18 (Listen)

Paul and Barnabas at Lystra

Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well,1 10 said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking. 11 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, 15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. 16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” 18 Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.

Footnotes

[1] 14:9 Or be saved

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:51 and ends at about 2:23

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     8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. 11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. 13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. 14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: 16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. 18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 21 :
Jehovah, let me Now Adore Thee

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1. Jehovah, let me now adore Thee, 
For where is there a God such, Lord, as Thou? 
With songs I fain would come before Thee; 
Oh, let Thy Holy Spirit teach me now 
To praise Thee in His name through whom alone 
Our songs can please Thee, through Thy blessed Son! 

2. O Father, draw me to my Savior 
That Thy dear Son may draw me unto Thee; 
Thy Spirit guide my whole behavior 
And rule both sense and reason thus in me 
That, Lord, Thy peace from me may ne’er depart, 
But wake sweet melodies within my heart. 

3. Grant that Thy Spirit prompt my praises, 
Then shall my singing surely please Thine ear; 
Sweet are the sounds my heart then raises, 
My prayer in truth and spirit Thou wilt hear. 
Then shall Thy Spirit raise my heart to Thee 
To sing Thee psalms of praise in high degree. 

4. For He can plead for me with sighings 
That are unspeakable to lips like mine; 
He bids me pray with earnest cryings, 
Bears witness with my soul that I am Thine, 
Joint heir with Christ, and thus may dare to say: 
O heavenly Father, hear me when I pray! 

5. When thus my heart in prayer ascendeth, 
Through Thine own Holy Spirit, unto Thee, 
Thy heart, O Father, kindly bendeth 
Its fervent love and favor unto me, 
Rejoicing my petition to fulfill 
Which I have made according to Thy will. 

6. And what Thy Spirit thus hath taught me 
To seek from Thee must needs be such a prayer 
As Thou wilt grant through Him who bought me 
And raised me up to be Thy child and heir. 
In Jesus’ name I boldly seek Thy face 
And take from Thee, my Father, grace for grace. 


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