Lystra and Derbe
Here, Paul and Barnabas continued to preach the gospel.
Luke only reports a single event in Lystra.
Paul had been speaking to a crowd of Gentiles in a public place and he was somehow drawn to the faith of a crippled man lame from birth. Paul directed his words to the man, demanding him to: "Stand up on your feet!" (14:10). At once the man jumped up and began to walk.
- This story depicts Oayl as a genuine messenger of God.
- Similar to Peter, who also healed a lame man. Both Peter and Paul are shown to be exercising the same power as did Jesus, who also healed a crippled person.
The Speech at Lystra:
The Lystrans believed that Barnabas was Zeus and Paul was Hermes. Paul and Barnabas were forced to deny this.
Paul then made a moving speech in the hope of stopping the attempt of the Lystrans to worship them.
- The speech was an example of how the gospel was introduced to purely pagan audiences.
Sometime after the speech, Jews from Pisidian Antioch and Iconium came into Lystra and began to preach against Paul and Barnabas. The Lystrans were no doubt disappointed that Barnabas and Paul claimed to be no more than ordinary human beings and as a result of being won over by the Jews, the crowd attacked Paul and stoned him.
Once revived, Paul went back into Lystra, and then he and Barnabas left the next day for Derbe.
- Luke gives no details about the activities of Barnabas and Paul in Derbe. However, their missionary work must have been successful, because their preaching won a large number of disciples.
- It also seems that they did not suffer any persecution in Derbe, which is further supports the idea that their missionary work in Derbe was successful.