After the completion of the first missionary journey we find Paul and Barnabas serving the church at Antioch for over a year. But they found it necessary to return to Jerusalem to counter an uprising among legalistic Christian Jews still focused on the question, "What must Gentiles do to be saved?"
Wherever the gospel is preached, we should expect a mixed reaction. Some will believe; some reject and turn away; still others will reject it and stir up opposition against those who proclaim the truth of God's Word concerning His Son.
There is a section of text in chapter 12 and another in 13 that we’ll look at together because in them we can see the hording and the hindering of God's praise.
First in chapter 12:20b-24 of Acts, we see Herod’s attempt to hord for himself praise due only for God and what it cost him. And in chapter 13, we look at one man’s attempt to hinder the faith of others and what it cost him.
More importantly, what do we learn from these two accounts?