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Bible Study Notes on Acts 19 – 20170226

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Acts 19:1  “…passed through the upper regions…”
Paul had taken the land route through Cilicia, Galatia, Phrygia, and into Asia to get to Ephesus.

4  “…John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance…”
John the Baptist’s message had been one of repentance because the kingdom of God was at hand.  He proclaimed the coming of the Messiah.  But his message was like that which they’d had from the beginning.  Repent and have your sins covered.  Now Jesus had come and had paid for sins by dying on the cross and rising from the dead.  Believing on Him for salvation brings the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which happened to these people.

9  “…he departed from them and withdrew the disciples…”
Paul realizes he’s not getting anywhere with the unbelievers in the synagogue.  Best to move on and get the new believers out as well.

9  “…the school of Tyrannus”
Not told who this was.  Commentary suggests a local believer.

10  “…two years…”
Long time in Ephesus.  Was able to spread the word of Christ throughout all of Asia Minor.

11  “…God worked unusual miracles…”
Text is quick to remind us that God was doing the miracles.  He may have used Paul as an instrument, but the power was from Him and Him alone.

13  “…itinerant Jewish exorcists…”
Interesting title.  Apparently some who went around casting out demons.  They tried to use the power of Jesus’s name to cast out a demon, and the demon called them on it.  They didn’t belong to Jesus so He was under no obligation to express His power through them.

16  “…they fled out of that house naked and wounded”
The beating was bad enough to tear off clothing and leave them all wounded.  Sounds like quite a brawl.

19  “…and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver”
The old ways no longer mattered to the new believers.  The money wasn’t as important to them as the treasure they found in Christ.

21  “…Paul purposed in the Spirit…”
Desire or decision he had made which he either received from God or was confirmed by God.  I find that the Spirit’s leading is sometimes a strong desire to do something.  The difficulty comes in recognizing whether it is truly the Spirit leading or just my own selfish desires.  I trust Him, I don’t trust me.

21  “…I must also see Rome”
Commentary confirms this is the first mention of Paul’s desire to travel to Rome.  Perhaps brought about by his encounters with those who had been forced out.  I’m sure it was also a divine compulsion.  Interesting that he says he must go to Jerusalem.  I wonder if his compulsion was to go to Jerusalem with a desire to at some point travel to Rome, not realizing that was what the Spirit had in mind.  I’m sure going to Rome as a prisoner wasn’t what Paul had in mind.  Given that those freely living in Rome had been forced out, going in as a Roman citizen who had appealed to Caesar might have been the best way for him to get back in.

27  “…not only is this trade…Diana may be despised…”
Main motivation was money, but he had to throw in the religious angle to make sure he got the reaction he desired.

30  “…Paul wanted to go in to the people…”
His desire was always to attempt a reasoning with people.  Fortunately other believers retrained him.  He even had some friends in official capacities who didn’t want him in there.  They must have recognized the mob mentality of what was happening.

32-34  “…most of them did not know why they had come together…Great is Diana of the Ephesians”
Nothing but confusion.  Even though most didn’t know why they were there, all they had to hear was someone make a divisive statement, and they were fired up again.

35-41  “…the city clerk…if Demetrius…if you have any other inquiry…we are in danger of being called in question…”
Smart man.  Amazed that the people listened.  I suppose when he stood up they recognized they should listen to him.  He spoke immediately to their supposed grievance which was baseless and reminded them they should have brought their cases to court if they had any foundation.  The foolish mob scene was going to get them in trouble with the Romans if they continued.  See much of this today.  Interesting that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Those who have no real case must stir up the mob mentality in others to gain any interest in their cause.  And people today still fall for it.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Acts 18 – 20170224

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Acts 18:1  “…After these things Paul departed from Athens…”
No mention of how long he stayed at Athens.  Last word we’re told is that some of those he contended with said they would hear him again on the matter, which I’m sure they did.  The text then jumps to him leaving Athens for Corinth.

2  “…Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome…”
Wonder if this was the beginning of persecution of the Jews and later the Christians by the Romans.

3  “…because he was of the same trade…”
Paul himself wasn’t just a minister.  He had a trade, tent making.  His situation was a bit different since he was away from home on a missionary journey, but the idea is the same.  From the great commission, as you go, as you do the normal things of life, make disciples of all nations.  I think we make the mistake when we try to separate the two.  Much to think about and consider there.

5  “When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia…”
This is confusing.  Tried to get a timeline of movements, but can’t find anything concrete.  Does this statement mean that Silas and Timothy are just now reaching him from when he left them for Athens?  Yet, he mentions in his first letter to the Thessalonians that he thought it good to be left alone in Athens and send Timothy to them.  Checked a map and more commentaries.  Map shows that Athens was south southeast of Berea and Thessalonica in the land area called Achaia.  Corinth was a bit west of Athens.  Commentaries differ a bit on the details because the text doesn’t say, but it appears Timothy and perhaps Silas did join Paul in Athens for a time.  Paul then sends Timothy or both of them if Silas was there, back to Thessalonica to check on the folks.  If Silas didn’t accompany Timothy to Athens, he may have stayed in Berea or moved over to Thessalonica.  He would have rejoined Timothy when he arrived, then they both traveled back to Paul at Corinth.  This matches what we have in the text both of Acts and 1 Thessalonians.  Have to remember the text is what Luke was sharing when everything was happening.  It won’t necessarily match up, nor does it have to, with everything else in every single detail.  But when you put them all together, they show a complete and consistent picture.  Only odd one out is Luke.  No idea at this point where he was during all of this.  I assume he was with Paul, but no direct confirmation of that.  The only things are the fact that the text gives us such a firsthand look at Paul, and Paul mentions in his second letter to Timothy that only Luke was with him.  Makes me think that Luke was accustomed to being a constant companion.

5  “…compelled by the Spirit…”
Commentaries have several ideas of this statement.  From the text we know he had been reasoning with folks in the synagogue, and many had already believed.  Seems now he feels a stronger urging to be very specific about his message, that Jesus is indeed the Christ.  Perhaps it was to root out all who wouldn’t believe, but had been dancing around the issue.  At any rate, when he does this, some of the Jews opposed him and blasphemed.  Their beliefs were made clear.  He goes from the synagogue to apparently meeting in a house next door belonging to Justus.  This seems to cause Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, to believe along with his family as well as any others.  Lends credibility to the idea that the Spirit was shaking up the situation.  Ordered thoughts and reasons make good arguments for truth, but sometimes just hitting hard with the truth itself is what is required to reach the bottom line.

11  “…he continued there a year and six months…”
Was there a year and a half.  From the mention of the vision and the length of time he remained, appears God wanted him to establish a healthy body there.  Considering the problems they had later, doing that was a good idea.  Also left Paul close to the other churches of the area if they needed to see and/or speak with him.

12-17  Interesting note in the story.  Perhaps to illustrate what was just said about God promising Paul that He would take care of him.  Paul didn’t even have to open his mouth to defend himself.

Topics18  “…he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria…”
He has it in his mind to head back to Jerusalem.  Not sure why he stopped by Ephesus.  May have something to do with Priscilla and Aquila being with him as he leaves them there or maybe he had wanted to get over there, but had not had the chance until now.  Commentary suggests he cut his hair as part of a personal vow which also required sacrifices within thirty days.  This short time frame may be why he insisted that he had to get to Jerusalem so quickly and thus didn’t spend more time at Ephesus.

22  “…landed at Caesarea, and gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch”
End of the second missionary journey.  What had started as a journey to strengthen the churches they had started previously turned into an open door to reach more people.  Proverbs says to trust in the Lord and He will direct our steps.  Hard to direct our steps if we aren’t taking any.  We must be about what we know God wants us to do, and He will open new doors to us.  But if we’re not being faithful in the small things, why should He trust us with something larger?

23  “After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.”
Just like that, another missionary journey starts.  No fanfare or even mention of who is going with him, though I would assume Luke.

25  “…he knew only the baptism of John”
Introduction of Apollos.  Had been instructed in the message of John, that a Messiah was coming so men needed to repent and trust God for forgiveness.  Aquila and Priscilla were able to let him know that Jesus was that Messiah and that repentance and belief in Him brings salvation.  Just the news he had been waiting for.  He was able to use that information to be a strong and bold teacher and witness.  Commentary remarked on the providence of Aquila and Priscilla staying in Ephesus.  They were able to assist in bringing a great teacher to the churches.  God weaves all things into His tapestry.  We may not see the picture the threads create until later, but we can trust that He is indeed weaving them.  I just want to be sure I’m not upbraiding His work.

28  “…vigorously refuted the Jews publicly…”
Not trying to be belligerent, hurtful, or combative, but arguing for the truth.  Sometimes we have to take our arguments to the public sphere and confront attacks directly and forcefully.  Some argue that doing so only hurts those we’re trying to reach, but I see that it is sometimes necessary.  Using the wisdom God gives us and trusting Him to speak through us will make sure we stay in His will.  Along with that, if we have conducted ourselves honorably up to that point, others will be able to see the sincerity of our actions and be more receptive of the message, not see our debates as just merely argumentative.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Acts 17 – 20170222

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Acts 17:1  “…there was a synagogue of the Jews”
Philippi didn’t have a synagogue so they met by the riverside.  Thessalonica has one.

2  “…as his custom was…”
Much easier to meet with those who already believe in God and are seeking to worship Him than start from scratch.  This way Paul could reach Jews and believing Gentiles at the same time.

5  “…Jews who were not persuaded…”
Those who would not accept that the Messiah had to come and suffer, and that Jesus was the Messiah.  Interesting that those who wouldn’t accept what Paul preached couldn’t be content to disagree.  They had to destroy anyone who did accept.  Evil likes to preach tolerance of other views, but it does not truly believe in it.  It cannot exist with righteousness, it must overcome and destroy it.  Seeing the same thing today in our society and political world.

6  “…they dragged Jason and some brethren…”
Not told who Jason is.  Apparently Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke were staying with him.  Commentary suggested he may have been a Hellenistic Jew.

6  “…have come here too”
Sounds like word had spread ahead of Paul as to the message of the Gospel.  Perhaps not so much the Gospel, but the disturbances in the cities that he had visited.  Bad news usually travels far and wide.  The Jews may have received word of them through the synagogue, the Gentiles probably heard from traders and such about the disturbances in the other cities.

7-8  “…acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar…king–Jesus…troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things”
Paul would have been preaching that Jesus was the Messiah, the King and Lord of all.  This would have sounded like insurrection to those would wouldn’t believe and would have disturbed the city leaders.  They wouldn’t want Roman soldiers coming to put down any perceived rebellion.  Rome didn’t have the reputation for asking questions, just acting quickly and violently.

10  “…brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away…”
Best to get out of town until things calmed down.

11  “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica…”
Same strategy.  Went to the synagogue.  But these Jews and believing Greeks were more open.  They were actually interested in the truth of the scripture and therefore tested what Paul was saying by comparing what he preached to the texts.  Those truly interested in knowing the truth can find it.

13  “…when the Jews from Thessalonica…”
As stated before, evil can’t be content with other opinions.  The Jews from Thessalonica are actually the ones causing the disturbances, both in their own town and now in Berea.

14-15  “…brethren sent Paul away…Silas and Timothy remained there…conducted Paul…Athens…receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed”
Luke doesn’t mention whether he stayed with Silas and Timothy or left with Paul.  Since he speaks of what happened to Paul at Athens while he was waiting for Silas and Timothy, I assume he was with Paul.  Makes sense.  As Luke was a physician, it would be wise for him to stay with Paul to take care of things when needed.  He could have learned what happened in Athens from Paul later, but he speaks of it from firsthand knowledge.  Commentaries aren’t clear on the matter.  They cross-reference Paul’s comments from his letters to the churches to gain some insight.  Appears Silas and Timothy came to Paul at Athens, then Paul sent Timothy to Thessalonica to check on them.  Timothy returned and told Paul how they were.  At some point later, Paul wrote the letter to Thessalonica detailing this.  Still, none of this lets us know where Luke was or about his movements during this time.  Luke was certainly a loyal, faithful, and unassuming friend.

22  “…you are very religious…”
Today most people would say they weren’t religious, but very spiritual.  Same issue.  They know the spiritual world exists and that worship of something outside ourselves is necessary, but they want to maintain control.  They see religion as that which is organized with rules and laws.  They prefer to make up their own, thus they have a connection to the spiritual realm, but not to others’ ideas of it.  Worship of God through Christ isn’t religious.  All the action comes from Him, not from us, what we can do.  We can’t reach Him, He had to reach down to us.

23  “…TO THE UNKNOWN GOD…”
They didn’t want to offend one of which they hadn’t heard.

25  “Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands…”
Exactly.  It comes completely from Him, not from us.

26  “…He has made from one blood every nation of men…”
There is no such thing as racism on this planet because there is only one race, the Human race.  There are different families and nations of men, but only one race.  Certainly prejudice abounds, but it is not due to different races, only different physical characteristics.  That is the truth.  Unfortunately, many have fallen for the lie, and the prejudice will continue until the truth is accepted.

28  “…as also some of your own poets have said…”
Paul was read in the Greek writings as well as the Jewish ones.  Would come in very handy when dealing with Gentiles.

30  “…these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent”
Reads like the first part of the book of Hebrews.  Perhaps one reason some believe Paul wrote it.  God allowed Man’s sin to be covered temporarily in times past by offering sacrifices.  But now the ultimate sacrifice has come, Jesus, to remove sin.  Man can no longer cover his sin.  He must repent of it and allow Jesus to remove it completely by belief in His redemptive sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Acts 16 – 20170220

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Paul and Silas.  Second Missionary journey.  Whereas before he and Barnabas had sailed to Cyprus and then to the continent, now he and Silas have taken the land route from the east to reach those cities.  First one he comes to is the point where he returned previously.  And Luke is apparently with them also.  I assume he was with them on the first journey as well.

Acts 16:1  “…Derbe and Lystra…”
Point where Paul and Barnabas had reached before returning to Antioch.

1  “…certain disciple…Timothy…”
First mention of Timothy.  Jewish mother who was a believer, Gentile father who must not have.

3  “…circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region…”
Paul wanted to use Timothy to reach others in the area.  Although he believed circumcision did not count for salvation, he wanted to remove it as an obstacle to reaching people.

6-8  “…through Phrygia and the region of Galatia…Mysia…Bithynia…passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas”
Looking at an early map, appears they tried to go west in the area of Asia Minor, but the Spirit didn’t allow it.  They went northwest around Asia and tried to continue northeast into Bithynia, but were stopped there also.  So they went further west to Troas.

10  “…we sought to go to Macedonia…”
Further west around the coast of the Aegean Sea.

13  “…city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made…”
Wonder if there was no synagogue so they met by the riverside.  Commentary agrees.

16  “…slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination…”
Demon possessed girl.  The demon would tell people their fortunes.  Obviously only God knows the future, but the demon probably did have insight people would not have and used it to deceive folks.  Girl’s owners were using her for profit.  Wonder if the one crying out was the demon trying to speak against them or the girl trying to be free.

23  “…had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison…”
We know Paul and Silas.  Wonder how much of this Luke also endured.  Never mentions himself except when he says we did this or that.  As he may not have been one to do any speaking to the crowds, they may have ignored him.

30  “…what must I do to be saved”
Wondered how he had gotten to this point.  Commentary suggested he wouldn’t have been concerned for his own physical safety since the prisoners were all there.  The fact that an earthquake had loosed the chains and opened the doors, he must have realized something supernatural had happened.  He must also have known something of what Paul and Silas had been accused and realized there was something to it.

33  “…immediately he and all his family were baptized”
Once the leader of the family had believed, it was easier for the rest of his family to be convinced.  Same way today.  If a father is saved, the odds of the rest of the family believing increases greatly, more so than any other family member.

37  “…uncondemned Romans…”
Paul used everything at his disposal.  He was a Roman citizen as well as a Jew.  He used the advantages of that without issue.  Speaks to the issue of today when many say Christians shouldn’t use the power of national law and the courts to further any cause.  As Paul would say later, the governments/nations are ordained of God.  Not that He necessarily agrees with what they do, but He allows them.  They have no power which He can’t overrule.  Therefore, we’re free to use what advantage we have as citizens of those nations.  Certainly we have a higher citizenship, that of Heaven, but for now, we’re here also and should conduct ourselves as loyal citizens as long as our actions don’t contradict the will of God.  And we’re entitled to the advantages as well.

39  “…pleaded with them and brought them out…”
Commentary suggests this was what Paul wanted.  They had been put in prison publicly, they needed to be released the same way so all could see they weren’t guilty of anything deserving of the treatment they received.  Not vengeance on his part, but probably helped clear the air surrounding other believers of the area.  They wouldn’t be marked in a harsh way due to what had happened to Paul and Silas.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Acts 15 – 20170217

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Acts 15:1  “…certain men… Unless you are circumcised…you cannot be saved”
Interesting situation due to their reasoning.  They came from Judea so we can assume they knew of the story of Peter and Cornelius.  Why would they now say a person had to become a Jew first when salvation by God had already occurred without it?  Were they sincere in their belief that a person had to go through Judaism to reach Christ or were they those who constantly try to find ways of putting men under bondage, a means of control.

2  “…had no small dissension and dispute…”
Not just a casual conversation.

2  “…should go up to Jerusalem…”
Stop arguing about it, go get it settled.

3  “…passed through Phoenicia and Samaria…joy to all the brethren”
Obviously visiting local churches along the way, sharing the good news of what God had been doing.

5  “…some of the sect of the Pharisees…necessary to circumcise them…keep the law of Moses”
Old habits are hard to break.  These were Pharisees who had believed so they weren’t as others who were completely stuck in their own ideas of salvation.  But they had believed so long in the outward appearance and action that it was hard to lay aside, even though they have already seen God act outside of the old ways.  I also need to give them the benefit of the doubt.  They may believe those things were necessary and truly wanted to do as God wanted.  How they react when confronted with the evidence will determine their true intent.

6  “Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.”
Verse four says they were received by the church, the apostles, and the elders.  Then after they had shared what God was doing, some of the sect of the Pharisees spoke.  Now we see that just the apostles and elders are coming together to consider the matter.  Certainly the whole congregation would be involved in the decision as they had been in other things.  But it is much more efficient for those who have been chosen as leaders to hash out the details then present their conclusions before the whole congregation.  Much easier to get to the heart of the matter without having to take time for everyone’s opinion.  Commentary doesn’t exactly agree.  It suggests the discussion was done in the presence of all the people.  That is possible.  However, I feel from the text that there was something of a separation between the groups, either by location or participation.  The discussion was orderly, not a chaos of opinions and ideas.

6  “…apostles and elders…”
Teachers and leaders of the church of Jerusalem.  Interesting to know exactly how Luke considered the term apostle.  One of the twelve or those who obviously had been gifted as teachers.  He has already referred to both Paul and Barnabas as apostles.

7-11  “…Peter rose up…God chose…the Gentiles should hear…and believe…acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit…why do you test God…through the grace…we shall be saved in the same manner as they”
Exactly the point.  God had already shown that His grace extended to the Gentiles without outward actions.  He proved that by giving them the Holy Spirit and showing the same signs He displayed when He gave Him to the Jews.  Why make the mistake of trying to add to what God has said.  Salvation is through grace by faith in the saving actions of Jesus Christ and nothing else.

Topics20  “…write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood”
These are the primary differences between Jewish and Gentile worship methods.  Gentiles would offer sacrifices just as the Jews.  But they would worship idols, use fornication in their rituals, strangle the sacrifices instead of slaughtering and draining the blood, and sometimes consume the blood as part of the rituals.  Abstaining from all of that would show their departure from that way of life.

22  “…pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church…”
The issue has been discussed and now the whole church comes together for the decision.

22  “…and Silas…”
First mention of the one who would accompany Paul on another missionary journey.

24  “…to whom we gave no such commandment…”
So the men had acted on their own without discussing the matter with others beforehand.

36  “…go back and visit our brethren in every city…”
Paul’s idea wasn’t to cover new territory, but to go back to the churches they had started in their previous journey.  Certainly he would take every opportunity to spread the Gospel, but his first concern was to strengthen the brethren already there.

37-41  “…Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark…Paul insisted that they should not…contention became so sharp that they parted…Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus…Paul chose Silas and departed…through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches”
Much discussion in all of this.  Barnabas lived up to his title as an encourager by wanting to give John Mark another chance.  Paul considered the work to be done too important to risk giving him one.  Text says the contention became so sharp that they parted.  There could have been some hard feelings, but considering the characters of the two men, I don’t think so.  I think both felt well grounded in their opinions of what should be done, so they decided that the best thing to do was split and take both courses.  Barnabas would give John Mark another chance while spreading the Gospel, and Paul would be able to revisit the churches as well as be open to new opportunities the Spirit gave him.  Commentaries suggested they may have even discussed the directions they would go so as to cover more territory.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Acts 14 – 20170215

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Note:  First missionary journey.  Have been in Antioch in Pisidia.  Now moving to Iconium.

Acts 14:5  “…a violent attempt was made…to abuse and stone them” Even though great signs and wonders were being performed by God through them.

Note:  Fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia.

8  “…had never walked” . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Acts 14 – 20170215

Bible Study Notes on Acts 13 – 20170213

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Acts 13:1  “…there were certain prophets and teachers…” So there were those who were gifted as prophets within the church.  I don’t see that anything has changed from then until now.  We do ourselves a disservice by not acknowledging those who have that gift and allowing them to fulfill their ministry . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Acts 13 – 20170213

Bible Study Notes on Acts 12 – 20170209

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Acts 12:2  “…he killed James the brother of John with the sword” James, one of the inner three who were closest to Christ.  Apparently he was beheaded.

3  “…it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread” Preceding the Passover.  Has been at least a year since Jesus ascended.  Thought the commentaries . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Acts 12 – 20170209

Bible Study Notes on Acts 11 – 20170208

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Acts 11:1  “…apostles and brethren…heard that the Gentiles had also received…” Assuming communication had transpired between Peter and the other Apostles during the time Peter was in Caesarea.  Or perhaps between some of his companions and those in Jerusalem.

2  “…those of the circumcision contended with him” Jewish believers.  They are . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Acts 11 – 20170208

Bible Study Notes on Acts 10 – 20170206

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Acts 10:1  “…a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment” Cornelius is a Gentile Roman soldier who is following God as best he can.  The Spirit is about to break down another barrier, that of the idea that Gentiles can be saved.

2  “…with all his household…” The hearts of . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Acts 10 – 20170206