Acts 14:8-15 (NIV)
8 In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed 10 and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. 11 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. 13 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. 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: 15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.
- What is happening in these verses?
- What surprises you?
- Why do you think the people wanted to make Paul and Barnabas God’s?
- Why did the people turn on Paul and Barnabas?
- Can you name a time when Jesus was treated like this?
- Have you ever been treated like this?
- What false ideas did the people have about Paul and Barnabas?
- Could Paul and Barnabas have used the people’s false beliefs to take advantage of them or place them in some form of bondage?
- What were Paul and Barnabas trying to teach the people?