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James is killed, but an angel leads Peter out of gaol before Herod can kill him too; Herod dies after accepting cries that he’s a god; Paul and Barnabas take the gospel to Jews and Gentiles in Cyprus, Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, getting rejected by Jewish leaders in most places, before returning to Antioch: Acts 12ā€“14

It’s not every day someone was stoned and their body dumped outside of town, just to get up afterwards and travel the next day. The believers must have done more than just stood around Paul’s body in grief: ‘gathered around him’ would have had to include some prayer for him to be well enough to travel:

Acts 14:19-20 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. But as the believers gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

The net effect could well have been to reinforce the new believers’ faith rather than scare them off.

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