Acts 13:16 - 19

"Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: 'Men of Israel and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt, with mighty power he led them out of that country, he endured their conduct for about forty years in the desert, he overthrew seven nations in Canaan and gave their land to his people as their inheritance.'" NIV translation

Paul stood up and began to speak in the synagogue. We notice that he addresses both the Jews and the Gentiles and pleads with them to listen. He then reminds them of what God has done in the history of his people.

Acts 13:20 - 23

"All this took about 450 years. 'After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: "I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart, he will do everything I want him to do." From this man's descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised." NIV translation

Paul continues his history lesson to the synagogue and recounts the time of the judges and the kings. He points out that Jesus fulfilled the promises that God made to his people. All of the Jews that were listening would have already known this history but Paul was reminding them and pointing them to Jesus.

Acts 13:24 & 25

"Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. As John was completing his work, he said: 'Who do you think I am? I am not that one. No, but he is coming after me, whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'" NIV translation

Paul continues his history lesson with John the Baptist as he transitions from the Law and the Prophets to the good news of Jesus. The Jews new the prophecy that there would be one who would come before their Messiah and Paul was explaining to them that this prophecy was fulfilled in John and the coming of Jesus.