v 15. Paul said ‘We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.’
Getting one’s religious priorities in life sorted out.
Paul and Barnabas found themselves on the receiving end of religious worship, as if they were gods themselves (v 13). In spite of that however the crowds were turned against them, and in v 15 we find one of the most dramatic moments in Paul’s life. Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead.
Isn’t it amazing how Good News stirred up trouble everywhere! In every place it seemed that people preferred the old ways of worship and sacrifice and simply could get on with news of free forgiveness and God’s grace.
I suspect things have not changed a great deal. Doing something to save oneself seems preferable even today to simple faith in following Jesus.