The same thing occurred in Iconium, where Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who testified to the word of his grace by granting signs and wonders to be done through them. But the residents of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. And when an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, the apostles learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country; and there they continued proclaiming the good news. (Acts 14:1-7, NRSV)
Both sides were looking to mistreat Paul and Barnabas, those that agreed with them and others who didn’t.
But even before this, the Jews stirred the pot and set in motion schemes to keep others from believing what Paul and Barnabas were telling them.
How many times has someone done this to us?
How many times has someone set a scheme in motion to keep us from believing what God is leading us to do?
How many times have we been the one stirring the pot?
Because all of them wanted to harm Paul and Barnabas at the end…
Are we stirring?