Join us on a historical journey as we follow Paul and Barnabas on their travels across Cyprus. Their mission, as detailed in Acts 13:6, was to teach about Yeshua the Messiah. They began in Salamis, Cyprus' largest city and home to a significant Israelite community. As Israelites themselves, Paul and Barnabas started their teachings in a Salamis synagogue, a common gathering place for those eager to learn about the Torah.
This community likely included descendants from the dispersed tribes of Israel, aligning with the biblical prophecies in Deuteronomy 4:27 and Ezekiel 22:15 about the scattering of the Israelites. Paul's strategy was to reach out to these Israelite communities throughout Asia Minor.
By engaging with congregations in local synagogues, which attracted both Israelites and those who revered the God of Israel, Paul and Barnabas effectively shared their message. Their teachings about Yeshua as the promised Messiah resonated with many, leading to a growing network of believers. This network played a crucial role in spreading the message of the Messiah across various communities in Asia Minor.
Can you answer the questions below?
- Which 12 tribes were scattered among the nations?
- List five scriptures that mention the scattering of the House of Israel.
- What role do you think the followers of Messiah played in helping Paul teach the message of Messiah throughout Asia Minor?