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October 16 - Morning

"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.

 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language,

“The gods have come down to us in human form!”  

Barnabas 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 14:9-13

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Paul and Barnabas Confused with Characters in a Roman Poem    

The people of Lystra spoke Greek and Latin. It is likely that Paul spoke to them in Greek, but the people of Lystra responded to the healing of the man who had been lame since birth in their local Anatolian language, that Luke calls Lycaonian. Barnabas and Paul may not have understood at
first what the people where saying, but when the priests of Zeus showed up at the gate with
a bull decorated in wreaths, they finally interpreted the people to be saying:

“The gods have come down to us in human form!”

The Roman poet Ovid (43 BC-17 AD) had written a poem about Zeus and Hermes that was circulating in this part of the empire during the first century (more here; The poem is here; Literal  English translation with parallel Latin here) In the poem Zeus and Hermes disguised themselves as an old man and woman and traveled unrecognized though the land around Lystra called Phrygia to a thousand homes before they were welcomed and cared for. 

The worship of the Greek gods Hermes (called Mercury by Rome) and Zeus (called Jupiter by Rome) in this area of Asia is confirmed by archaeological discoveries that uncovered inscriptions and stone carved images that portray these two gods. 

The identification of Barnabas as Zeus and Paul as Hermes most likely comes from the fact that
Paul was doing the speaking, because Hermes was the messenger god for the chief god, Zeus.

The people of Lystra wanted to honor “their gods” for the miraculous healing of a man who had been lame since birth. The lame man’s muscle tissue and bone mass had never before been developed
or used for standing or walking. But, when the lame man heard the good news of Jesus, Paul saw
he had understood who Jesus was and believed the message to be true. At Paul’s command the
man responded to the in faith by rising to his feet, and as he rose he miraculously gained the
muscle tissue and the bone structure to stand, and then, to walk for the first time in his life.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"I claim to be a historian. My approach to the Classics is historical. And I tell you that the evidence for the life, death, and the resurrection of Christ is better authenticated than most of the facts of ancient history."
- E.M. Bloaiklock, chair of classics, Auckland University



Something to Ponder??

In 1229 AD the Synod of Toulouse forbids anyone other than a priest from possessing a copy of the Bible. Pope Gregory IX told the friars to question suspects and prosecute in order to keep the Bible from the people
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Bayith (Hb) - House (Eng) - the Hebrew noun bayith means "house," "shelter," or "dwelling."
It had the extended meaning of "household," "family," or "household affairs."

  The Jewish Historian Josephus writes about John the Baptist. His account agrees with the biblical account. Part of his documentation says:
"...a very just punishment for what he did against John called the baptist. For Herod had him killed, although he was a good man and urged the Jews to exert themselves to John, out of Herod's suspiciousness, was sent in chains to Machaerus." (Antiquities
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Do I allow people's praise of myself to over inflate my self-perception? Do I recognize my weaknesses? I will balance people's praise and admiration with my knowledge of my own weaknesses and failures so that I can continue to serve the Lord in reality
trusting his empowerment for my strength and his grace in my weaknesses.

  "Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud." - Proverbs 16:19
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