Acts 15:36-41

Second Missionary Journey
Acts 15:36 – 18:22
  1. Tarsus (Acts 15:41)
  2. Derbe (Acts 16:1)
  3. Lystra (Acts 16:1)
  4. Antioch, Pisidia (Acts 16:4)
  5. Troas (Acts 16:6,8)
  6. Samothracia (Acts 16:11-12)
  7. Neapolis (Acts 16:11-12)
  8. Philippi (Acts 16:11-12)
  9. Thessalonica (Acts 17:1)
  10. Berea (Acts 17:10)
  11. Athens (Acts 17:15)
  12. Corinth (Acts 18:1)
  13. Ephesus (Acts 18:19)
  14. Caesarea (Acts 18:21-22)
  15. Jerusalem (Acts 18:22)
  16. Antioch (Acts 18:22)
The Parting of Paul and Barnabas
Acts 15:36-41
Satan's Minor Successes. Satan was unsuccessful at both: (1) bringing the saints under law, and (2) disrupting the unity of the Church as we saw at the council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:1-35; Gal. 2:1-10). However, Satan is a tireless foe, and he will take any advantage he can get. Just after the council of Jerusalem, where Satan's wiles were evaded, he had two minor yet important successes. First, while he could not bring the saints under law, he was able to get Peter to compromise on the truth of the gospel when he came up to Antioch. That event is not recorded in Acts, but is given to us in Gal. 2:11-13. Second, while Satan was unsuccessful at diving the assembly, he was able to drive a wedge between two faithful servants, Paul and Barnabas, which is recorded in Acts 15:36-41. We are never more vulnerable to defeat than after our greatest success. Paul had to rebuke Peter in Antioch. The substance of this rebuke is given in Gal. 2:11-21. We can be thankful for Peter's words in the end of his second epistle, speaking of "our beloved brother Paul". It showed that Peter took the correction, and there was no hard feelings between them. Sadly we never read of such restoration with Barnabas. It is possible that the failure of Barnabas in Gal. 2:13 may had contributed to the disagreement with Paul, in addition to the issue with John Mark. 
36 And Barnabas proposed to take with them John also, called Mark; 37 but Paul thought it not well to take with them him who had abandoned them, going back from Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. 38 There arose therefore very warm feeling, so that they separated from one another; and Barnabas taking Mark sailed away to Cyprus; 39 but Paul having chosen Silas went forth, committed by the brethren to the grace of God. 40 And he passed through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the assemblies.