At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles. There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them. But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country,
where they continued to preach the gospel.
Reflection. You know what they say about.no good turn going unpunished... Well, not everyone was happy with the gospel taking root. Some plotted their revenge. Stoning someone caused terrible injuries at best, and often death at the worst. Paul and Barnabus continued preaching and teaching, but were forced to move on. The opposition caused the gospel to spread further and wider.
It might be worth reflecting that, when Christian endeavours begin to flourish, opposition often arises. We need to remember that we fight against spiritual powers. We need to pray for protection. 'Find One' seems to be gaining some of momentum even before we formally launch the programme. There will be opposition. Yet, God is sovereign, Jesus has triumphed and the Holy Spirit is with us.
Prayer. Lord Jesus may we be faithful and may your Kingdom come. Amen.