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Derbe and Lystra


Events in Derbe and Lystra During Paul's Second Missionary Journey


#2 As Paul went he would strengthen all the churches and when he came to Lystra and Derbe he chose Timothy (a Gentile believer) to come with them and he had him circumcised for the sake of Jews.

Acts 16:1-3 "Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek.He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek.

Derby was one of the few places where Paul did not have some kind of an incident. It didnít end in a riot or with Paul getting jailed or stoned or anything, he was able to leave town fairly peacefully, which was very unusual for his ministry.

Lystra on the other hand was where Paul was stoned and drug out of town thinking that he was dead (Acts 14:19). It was around 5 years or so since Paul had first visited Lystra and Timothy had probably accepted Jesus during Paulís first visit.

So Timothy became a companion of Paul. In six of Paulís epistles as he opens the epistle he includes Timothy in the greeting. Paul wrote two of his epistles to Timothy. Paul speaks of the help that Timothy was to him (1 Cor 16:10). He asks that they would send Timothy to him speedily bringing some of the documents and all that he was desiring (Acts 17:15). So there came a very close relationship between Paul and Timothy who Paul called my own son in the faith (1 Cor 4:17). So Timothy was one of Paulís converts but then he was also tutored by the Apostle Paul (1 Cor 4:17).

It is interesting that Paul had Timothy circumcised when they are then going right out and telling the gentiles that you donít have to be circumcised in order to be saved. He no doubt wanted to live peaceably among the Jews and present the gospel to them without any contention.

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Matthew 16:18 "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

Jesus promised that He would build His church and that the "gates of Hades" would not prevail against it. Paul had set out this second time, around 51 A.D. to re-visit those churches that he had help to establish. He was very aware that it was not his responsibility to plant the churches, or to maintain and protect them, but that he was just an instrument in Godís eternal purposes.

Paul could rest in the fact that the Lord would cause the increase, and Paul had no doubt rested on this truth because the task that was before him would have been impossible if it had not been for the strength and guidance that was provided by the Lord.

Paul and his companions were continually persecuted by the Jewish leaders from Asia and Greece, yet the Lord protected them in every circumstance and Paul was determined to "run the race" that was set before him.

In Paulís second missionary journey he re-visits a couple cities in Asia, one of which was Lystra where he was stoned and left for dead a few years earlier. He later has a vision that leads him over to Greece and Paul and his companions travel and minister in various cities in Greece (Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens and Corinth). Later Paul returns to Ephesus and finally to Caesarea and Antioch.

You can look at the Map to trace the route of Paulís second missionary campaign.



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Acts 15-16

Acts 17

Acts 18

1 Syria and Cilicia

2 Derbe and Lystra

3 Troas

4 Philippi

5 Thessalonica

6 Berea

7 Athens

8 Corinth

9 Ephesus

10 Caesarea and Antioch






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