Confrontation and Preaching (Acts 13:9-18)
Scripture: Acts 13:9-18
Paul speaks with God's authority and his word about Bar-Jesus who opposed the gospel comes to pass. The false prophet was struck blind and groped about. Luke describes Paul as "filled with the Holy Spirit" when he tells the readers of Acts that Paul is speaking the truth from God in the role of a prophet as mentioned in Acts 13:1,2. Bar-Jesus is also called Elymas who is called a "magician." He was an occultist, possibly an astrologer for the proconsul. The proconsul was as eager to hear God's truth as the false prophet was eager to oppose it. We discuss the need to be bold about the gospel in the face of the world's opposition. Paul's mention of making "crooked" the "straight ways of the Lord" is an echo of Luke 3:4,5 where Isaiah 40 is cited in reference to John the Baptist preparing the way for the Lord. The sign that happened with the false prophet amazed the proconsul who then believes. We cite other places in Luke/Acts where amazement is the result of a mighty deed of God. The blindness that came on Elymas is a sign of the spiritual blindness that he was under and promoted. The gospel brings light and those who believe are brought from darkness to light (Acts 26:18). We have class discussion about boldness in the gospel in the context of the world's opposition to it.