Friday

Scripture Reading:
Acts 13:1-3; 15:1-11

“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” ”(Acts 13:2)
the first journey of paul and barnabas and the conference in jerusalem

The Bible tells us that there were prophets and teachers in Antioch, serving the Lord with prayer and fasting (Acts 13:1-2). Their prayerful spirit opened up a way for the Lord to separate Barnabas and Paul, and send them out for His work.

The region they were about to visit was quite mountainous, which meant traveling by boat through the stormy Mediterranean Sea. In their first trip, Paul and Barnabas were led by the Spirit and many churches were established, including some in the region of Galatia.

As we have learned in previous weeks, some men from Jerusalem went to Galatia with the goal of introducing Old Testament practices to the local believers, including the practice of circumcision. These different teachings confused the new believers in those churches. Not knowing what to do, they informed Paul, which is the reason he wrote an epistle to the Galatians.

This intervention in Galatia prompted Paul and Barnabas to go to Jerusalem and speak directly to the apostles (Acts 15:1-2), as they were receptive to the opinions of other saints (vv. 6-7). However, we must understand that there is no place for dictatorship or democracy in the church life, as the prevailing direction must come from the Spirit alone. This was the direction Paul followed with Barnabas in their first trip, and also the direction he and Silas took in their second trip.

Key Point:
Following the direction of the Spirit.
Question:
Why can we say that the atmosphere in Jerusalem was not completely adequate?