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Historical Facts: While not their first mission, this is the first detailed mission that Barnabas and Saul went on. This is also around the time Saul began going by Paul (9). This is also the first opportunity for Mark (also known as John or John-Mark) to minister (5). Mark unfortunately departs from them to return home (13)
Character Facts: This is the first time that God allows one of his witnesses to curse a person (9-11). This allowed the people who needed to receive God to do so (12). This mission also saw the first major rejection of the message of Christ by the Jews while also seeing widespread acceptance by the Gentiles (42, 48, 52).
Scriptural Facts: Paul used multiple Psalms to witness to people (Psalms 2:7), as well as quoting from Psalms 16, 49 and 89 to confirm that Christ, while being from the lineage of David, was above David and should be revered as such.
Spiritual Truth: When we go forth to be used by God, we may see opposition. It is okay to rebuke a false witness for the sake of the true witness inside of us. However, our rebuke is not sustaining unto death (11). We also cannot be discouraged when the people we are trying to reach reject Christ’s message. God will allow it to be received some way because we put forth the due diligence to spread the gospel.
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