The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.Verse 6
Paul was bitten by a venomous snake so the people at there thought he would die soon and he must be a real sinner so he got punishment by God. But so strange things happen that he did not die and even nothing happened to him. So the people around there thought he was a god.
We can know through this that the person who Jesus keeps is not harmed by anything until he finishes the mission he has received. God protects him and God let the people who are with him know that God is with him same as Moses when he did in Egypt.
So if we do God’s work we don’t need to worry about something and do not need to be afraid of the future. Because the man who has a mission received from God will be protected and God is working instead of him. So he is just a man instead of God who preaches the message of God. The other thing will be done by God. This is the same as Moses’ case. He told Pharaoh of God’s message instead of God. And mysterious miracles happened so many times through Moses but all of those were done by God’s actually.
So if we work as God’s preacher then all the things will be done by God and we are just substitute.
When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.Verse 9
God’s miraculous work happened through Paul on the island. Paul healed all the sick people at there even though he is not a doctor. This miracle could happen because Paul was with God. So God had healed the people instead of him.
Likewise, the people who had a mission from God can heal sick people. But why this kind of healing was subscribed to so many in the Bible? And even we can find many parables about money in the Bible. Why? I think because Money and Health are the most important things in our life so those two things can be focused on so much by people.
In the paradise, the Kingdom of God those two things are nothing because we will not be sick and we don’t need to struggle to earn money. But those things are so important in this world so Jesus and God have dealt with those two subjects so many and talked about the Kingdom of God using the parable of those two subjects.
From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.Verse 23
Paul’s preaching has been continued until evening from the morning. He had a great passion for preaching to convince the people about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
He might have much knowledge about Bible so he could talk about Bible from morning to evening. If he had no big knowledge of the Bible he could not preach that from morning to evening.
Through this, we can know that to be a good preacher and to be used by God we have to know Bible in detail so much enough to continue this talk from morning to evening. Paul preached about Jesus in Greek starting from an unknown God who the Greeks believe. He had abundant knowledge that he could start from anything to arrive at God. All the things in this world are built from God so all the things can be sources to explain God.
Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.Verse 31
Verse 31 is the last verse of Achs and shows what Paul did during his life. Paul preached. And the main two subjects he preached about were the kingdom of God and Jesus Christ. Paul and Jesus are the two people who have said to us to resemble them. So we have to follow the steps they foot. We make an effort to know much more about these two subjects enough to preach from morning to evening as Paul did. Preaching is one of the main missions that all disciples have received from our Lord Jesus Christ before His going up to heaven.
We have to recognize that we are disciples of Jesus Christ and we are now living in this life very shortly as temporarily like a shortly disappearing fog. The purpose of our disciple’s life in this world is to raise sheep, preach, loving each other. Among those key missions, Paul’s preaching’s main subjects were about the kingdom of God and Jesus Christ.
Jesus has explained so many times about the kingdom of God. More than half of Jesus’ message was about the kingdom of God. Sometimes he used parables to make us understand easily about it. The kingdom of God is so so important to us. But I am suspicious that we are hoping for the kingdom of God as much as Jesus has imposed the importance in His life. And how much we know about the kingdom of God. Paul preached about the hope of all the people including the Jewish people which is the kingdom of God and Messia Jesus Christ. Paul preached about the kingdom of God from morning to evening.
Today I hope to think more about this kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is the real destination we have to go to. Our real home. Jesus has prepared for us. No sin, No tears, No sorrow, No death, No sick. Only eternal light and righteousness exist of God. The purpose of John’s gospel is to let us know we have eternal life in the kingdom of God.