v 32 Paul said ‘And now we are here to bring you this Good News.’
The Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah have been fulfilled.
So at last we get round to great theme of Acts – Paul and Barnabas set out on their missionary journeys, sent out and supported by the church in Syrian Antioch. It was to this church that they later returned to report on their travels. (Acts 14:26-27).
After travelling across Cyprus and sailing on to what we call Asia Minor, they went inland to Antioch Pisidia. (Not to be confused with the place they started from!) Paul’s speech in the synagogue reflects his deep concern to reach out to the Jewish population first, so his potted history of Judaism is recorded in some detail. Although in a foreign land Paul regarded the Jews as his own people and nation, so he set about putting Jesus in his Jewish context. He was able to show how God’s promises to the Jewish nation were fulfilled through Jesus, and how believing in and following Jesus was the culmination of the ancient Jewish prophecies. As with earlier preaching by Peter, Paul majored on the resurrection of Jesus as the keystone which holds the story together. The Good News all concerned Jesus, and how a right relationship with their Father God could be restored. ‘“Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. Everyone who believes in him is made right in God’s sight—something the law of Moses could never do.‘
Good news of forgiveness should have brought the Jews together, but no, trouble is stirred up again, with Paul and Barnabas chased out of town.