Monday, July 12, 2010

New Testament in a Year - July 13


Acts 13:32-52 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

July 13

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Paul and Barnabas Leave Cyprus (cont.)

32We tell you the Good News* about the promise God made to our fathers.* 33We are
their children (descendants), and God has made this promise come true for us. God
did this by raising Jesus from death. We also read about this in Psalm 2: 'You are
my Son. Today I have become your Father.' (Psalm 2:7)

34God raised Jesus from death. Jesus will never go back to the grave and become
dust. So God said: 'I will give you the true and holy promises that I made to David.'
(Isaiah 55:3) 35But in another place God says: 'You will not let [the body of] your
Holy One rot in the grave.' (Psalm 16:10) 36David did God's will during the time
when he lived. Then he died. David was buried with his fathers. And his body did
rot in the grave! 37But the One (Jesus) that God raised from death did not rot in
the grave. 38-39Brothers, you must understand what we are telling you: You can have
forgiveness of your sins through this One (Jesus). The law of Moses could not free
you from your sins. But every person who believes [in Jesus] is free from all his
sins through him (Jesus). 40The prophets* said some things would happen. Be careful!
Don't let these things happen to you. The prophets said: 41'Listen, you people that
doubt! You can wonder, but then go away and die; because during your time, I (God)
will do something that you will not believe. You will not believe it, even if someone
explains it to you!'" (Habakkuk 1:5)

42While Paul and Barnabas were leaving [the synagogue* ], the people asked Paul
and Barnabas to [come again] on the next Sabbath day* and tell them more about these
things. 43After the meeting, many of the Jews followed Paul and Barnabas from that
place. With the Jews there were many converts* to the Jewish religion. These converts
also worshiped the true God. Paul and Barnabas were persuading them to continue
trusting in God's grace (kindness). 44On the next Sabbath day,* almost all the people
in the city came together to hear the word of the Lord. 45The Jews saw all these
people there. So the Jews became very jealous. They said some very bad things and
argued against the words that Paul said. 46But Paul and Barnabas spoke very boldly.
They said, "We must speak the message* of God to you Jews first. But you refuse
to listen. You are making yourselves lost--not worthy of having eternal life! So
we will now go to the people of other nations! 47This is what the Lord (God) told
us to do. The Lord said: 'I have made you to be a light for other nations, so that
you can show the way of salvation to people all over the world.'" (Isaiah 49:6)

48When the non-Jewish people heard Paul say this, they were happy. They gave honor
to the message* of the Lord. And many of the people believed the message. These
were the people chosen to have life forever. 49And so the message* of the Lord was
being told through the whole country. 50But the Jews caused some of the important
religious women and the leaders of the city to become angry and to be against Paul
and Barnabas. These people did things against Paul and Barnabas and threw them out
of town. 51So Paul and Barnabas shook the dust off their feet.* Then they went to
the city of Iconium. 52But the followers [of Jesus in Antioch] were happy and full
of the Holy Spirit.*

Footnotes: Good News, message
The news that God has made a way for people to have their sins forgiven and live
with him forever. father(s) Important ancestors of the Jews; the leaders of the
twelve Jewish family groups. prophets People that spoke for God. Some of them wrote
books that are part of the Old Testament. synagogue(s) Synagogues were places where
Jews gathered for prayer, study of the Scriptures, and other public meetings. Sabbath
day The seventh day of the Jewish week. It was a special religious day for the Jews.
converts People that changed their religion to become Jews. message, Good News The
news that God has made a way for people to have their sins forgiven and live with
Him forever. shook the dust off their feet A warning. It showed that they were finished
talking to these people. Spirit, Holy SpiritAlso called the Spirit of God, the Spirit
of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, He does God's work among
people in the world.

"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."


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