Acts 14:8–18 (ESV)
Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
8 Now at Lystra
there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, 10 said in a loud voice, “Stand upright
on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking. 11 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and
Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard
of it, they tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, 15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who
made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. 16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons,
satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” 18 Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.
This reading is quite amazing. There is no synagogue
in Lystra, so they are not familiar with Jesus and the triune God. What the have been taught is believe in false Gods of the Greek Mythology. They see Paul healing a man that has been crippled from birth. There is no dispute about the miracle,
they see it and recognize it as a miracle. They try to fit in what they see with what they believe. They confuse Paul as Hermes and Barnabas as Zeus. As we see through today’s reading, Paul and Barnabas tried to explain that they are
humans just like them, but they are too bent on believing that they are God. They are blinded by their own beliefs.
I pray: O Lord, help me to be able to teach Christ in a way that is not confusing
on who Jesus is, what he did, and why he died. Let the Holy Spirit work in the hearers heart. Amen.