The Jews at Antioch become jealous (verse 45) because Paul’s message of forgiveness through Christ was drawing away the God-fearers, whom they hoped would eventually become fully committed to Judaism.
- What was the effect of this jealous opposition on the work of Paul and Barnabas? Cf. 18:28. Do you ever allow opposition to silence your testimony or halt your Christian work? What may the refusal of some to respond indicate?
- Paul and Barnabas now turn to the Gentiles. What two reasons are given in verses 46, 47 (see Note 1), and what two results follow in: (a) the wider proclamation of the gospel and the ingathering of believers, and (b) the experience of the converts?