Antioch, Lystra and Derbe Antioch, Lystra and Derbe were all in Galatia (modern day, southern Turkey). Barney and Paul hit each of these towns and then doubled back a second time to each town.
They shook the dust off their feet when they left Antioch the first time, they escaped stoning by fleeing from Iconic, Paul did get stoned in Lystra, yet they made a lot of disciples in Derbe.....Whew!...
At this point, I would be asking if it was worth my effort! Apparently, Barney and Paul felt it was absolutely worth it! I love how Luke adds (at a point I would be feeling frustration), “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” (13:52)
These two didn’t care if they were building “mega churches”. They were only concerned with doing what God called them to do, proclaim the Word of God (13:2-5). And the Holy Spirit was giving them the strength to carry on. I love how they went back to the towns where they had been rejected (by some but not others), “straightening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” (14:22)
This was the trip that Paul first got to know everybody he directed his Galatian letter. I have to admit, I had to jump ahead to that letter to refresh my memory as to what Paul wrote to them about. Ugg! Not only did they have to deal with tribulations, such as being persecuted for their faith, they also had to watch out for false teachers! It sounds a lot like what we have to deal with today!! Things just don’t seem to change do they? May the Holy Spirit strengthen us to carry on and encourage others to do the same!