Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.…
Paphos to Perga. Perga through Pisidia to Antiochia, the northern extremity of the province.
I. JOHN MARK separated and returned to Jerusalem. Probably a failure of spiritual Courage. Yet notice the change which afterwards occurred. He is, according to many, the evangelist; perhaps Jewish in feeling, and hence attaching himself more to Peter. Sign of the Jewish prejudice still at work, and the difficulties in store for the Church.
II. The PROVIDENTIAL PREPARATION of Paul for his entire devotion to the Gentiles.
1. There was no self-assertion in it. He simply followed the leading of events. We should watch the guidance of God in our work.
2. The attitude of the Jews of Antioch showed that the Word was brought to them in a respectful and reverent manner.
3. Glimpse into the synagogue life shows what an opportunity the Jews had among the heathen. The Law and the prophets still read. On that foundation -the gospel was placed. The Law was the schoolmaster to bring the nations to Christ, but the schooling was corrupt. - R.
Parallel VersesKJV: Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.