Summary: There is something interesting and fascinating about a circle and its occurences in Scriptures. We can learn of its meaning and message for our lives today.
Will the Circle be Unbroken?
19 ¶ And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. (KJV)
19 Entonces vinieron ciertos judíos de Antioquía y de Iconio, que persuadieron a la multitud, y habiendo apedreado a Pablo, le arrastraron fuera de la ciudad, pensando que estaba muerto. (RVG04)
20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. (KJV)
20 Mas rodeándole los discípulos, se levantó y entró en la ciudad, y al siguiente día, partió con Bernabé para Derbe. (RVG04)
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, (KJV)
21 Y habiendo predicado el evangelio a aquella ciudad, y después de enseñar a muchos, volvieron a Listra, y a Iconio, y a Antioquía, (RVG04)
22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (KJV)
22 confirmando el alma de los discípulos, exhortándoles a que permaneciesen en la fe; y diciéndoles que es necesario que a través de muchas tribulaciones entremos en el reino de Dios (RVG04)
23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. (KJV)
I. A Circle of Prayer
Paul is believed to be dead, after being stoned and dragged out of the city.
The disciples formed a circle around their beloved minister, no doubt praying for him.
The circle of prayer was a binding together. A binder = a notebook binder, encircling and holding together a group of papers.
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (KJV)
18 De cierto os digo: Todo lo que atéis en la tierra, será atado en el cielo; y todo lo que desatéis en la tierra, será desatado en el cielo. (RVG04)
The circle speaks of continuity. It is held together by a common purpose and in a unified manner.
II. A Circle of Praise
Jericho was a fortified city, with at least two thick walls. Yet God commanded the children of Israel to march around it. With at least two million people, it is very probable that the end of the line of Israelites were barely in front of the first in line as they surrounded the city. It was basically a complete circle of people worshipping the Lord Jehovah.
III. A Circle of the Privileged
1 ¶ And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, (KJV)
1 Y seis días después, Jesús tomó a Pedro, y a Jacobo, y a Juan su hermano, y los llevó aparte a un monte alto; (RVG04)
Even Jesus had his own circle. Peter, James, and John are known as the Inner Circle. They dared to know the Lord more intimately than some of the others. Yes, they were chosen, but they also insistent on being close to Jesus.
IV. A Circle of Protection & Provision (2 K. 6:15-17)
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. (KJV)
17 Y oró Eliseo, y dijo: Te ruego, oh Jehová, que abras sus ojos para que vea. Entonces Jehová abrió los ojos del criado, y miró: y he aquí que el monte estaba lleno de gente de a caballo, y de carros de fuego alrededor de Eliseo. (RVG04)
In the 6 Day War, in Israel, in 1969, the enemies had Israel surrounded and it looked like a sure defeat for them. But then, the enemies began to flee for their lives, because they saw giant men (or angels) who surrounded them on all sides.
V. A Circle of Purpose
1 ¶ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (KJV)
1 Por tanto, nosotros también, teniendo en derredor nuestro tan grande nube de testigos, despojémonos de todo peso, y del pecado que nos asedia, y corramos con paciencia la carrera que tenemos por delante, (RVG04)