It was about this timethat King Herod arrestedsome who belonged tothe church, intending topersecute them.
He had James, thebrother of John, put The Feast of Unleavened Bread reminds usto death with the bread the Israelites ate of the unleavenedsword.* When he when they left Egypt. Jews get rid of "chametz“--any foodsaw that this pleased or drink that contains even a trace of wheat, barley, rye, or oatsthe Jews, he and wasnt guarded from leavening orproceeded to seize includes bread, cake, fermentation. ThisPeter also.* Thispasta, and most alcoholic cookies, cereal, beverages.happened during theFeast of UnleavenedBread.*
After arresting him, he put him in prison, handinghim over to be guarded by four squads of foursoldiers each.* Herod intended to bring him outfor public trial after the Passover.
So Peter was keptin prison, but thechurch wasearnestly prayingto God for him.
The night before Herod was to bring him to trial,Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, boundwith two chains,* and sentries stood guard at theentrance.*
Quick, get up!Suddenly an angel of the Lord appearedand a light shone in the cell. He struckPeter on the side and woke him up. Thenhe said,* and the chains fell off Peter’swrists.*
Put on your clothes and Wrap your cloak sandals.* around you and follow me.*Then the angelsaid to him,*And Peter did so.
Peter followedhim out of theprison, but hehad no idea thatwhat the angelwas doing wasreallyhappening; hethought he wasseeing a vision.
They passed the firstand second guardsand came to the irongate* leading to thecity. It opened forthem by itself, andthey went through it.When they hadwalked the length ofone street, suddenlythe angel left him.*
Then Peter came to himself and said,*Now I know withouta doubt that the Lordsent his angel andrescued me fromHerod’s clutches andfrom everything theJewish people wereanticipating.
When this had dawned on him, he went to thehouse of Mary the mother of John, also calledMark, where many people had gathered and werepraying.
Peter knocked at the outer entrance,and a servant girl named Rhoda came Peter is atto answer the door. When sherecognized Peter’s voice, she was so the door!overjoyed she ran back withoutopening it and exclaimed*
You’re out of your mind.* It must be his angel.When she kept insisting that it wasso, they said,*
But Peter kept on knocking, and when theyopened the door and saw him, they wereastonished.* Hey! Let me in!
Peter motioned with his hand for them to bequiet* and described how the Lord had broughthim out of prison. He said,* and then he left foranother place.* Tell James and the brothers about this.
In the morning, there was no smallcommotion* among the soldiers asto what had become of Peter.*
After Herod had a thorough searchmade for him and did not find him,he cross-examined the guards andordered that they be executed.*
In the church at Antioch* there were prophetsand teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger,Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had beenbrought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.
Set apart for me While they were Barnabas and Saul forSo after they worshiping the work to which Ihad fasted the Lord have called them.and prayed, and fasting,they Holy the placedtheir hands Spirit said*on themand sentthem off.
The two of them, sent on their way by the HolySpirit, went down to Seleucia* and sailed fromthere to Cyprus.* When they arrived at Salamis,*they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewishsynagogues. John* was with them as their helper.
They traveled through the whole island until theycame to Paphos.* There they met a Jewish sorcererand false prophet named Bar-Jesus,* who was anattendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus.
The proconsul, an intelligent man, sentfor Barnabas and Saul because he wantedto hear the word of God.
But Elymasthe sorcerer(for that iswhat hisname means)opposed themand tried toturn theproconsulfrom the faith.
You are a child of the Then Saul, who was alsodevil and an enemy called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straightof everything that is at Elymas and said*right! You are full ofall kinds of deceitand trickery. Will younever stop pervertingthe right ways of theLord? Now the handof the Lord is againstyou. You are going tobe blind, and for atime you will beunable to see thelight of the sun.
Immediately mist and darkness cameover him, and he groped about, seekingsomeone to lead him by the hand.
I believe!When the proconsul saw what hadhappened, he believed, for he was amazedat the teaching about the Lord.*
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