Acts 14:6-10
Acts 14:6 (KJB)
They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:
They were obviously warned by the other Christians that they were in danger so they fled and took refuge in Lystra which was about 15 miles (24 KM) south of Iconium and then from there they went to Derbe which was about 50 miles (80 KM) east of Lystra. They were now in the region of Lycaonia and had visited several cities in that area. Iconium was in that region but they had flee and no doubt kept moving so they would not be tracked down and stoned to death.
Acts 14:7 (KJB)
And there they preached the gospel.
Even though they were mistreated in Iconium, it did not deter them from preaching and proclaiming the Gospel to this large region. They knew that the Holy Spirit had chosen them to go on this missionary journey, so they continued to preach without fear in this area. They were heading east as they preached, which was toward their home base in Antioch in Syria. This verse is a great principle for Christian evangelism. If we are mistreated in one area, it does not mean we will receive the mistreatment in another area. We just continue to preach the Gospel as a normal part of our Christian walk. That preaching does not necessarily mean verbal preaching only but is also achieved by the written word.
Acts 14:8 (KJB)
And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked:
Impotent - Powerless
Cripple - Lame
There was no synagogue at Lystra, so instead, Paul had gone into the marketplace. So that is where Paul began to preach the Gospel. In the area was a man who had been a cripple from birth and had never walked and no doubt he was a fixture in the marketplace as he probably had begged all day, every day and people would know who he was and his physical condition.
Acts 14:9 (KJB)
The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
Perceiving - Saw or look after
He was near to where Paul was preaching and was able to hear him. This man did not just hear Paul physically but the word for “heard” in the Greek carries with it the meaning of “hearing with understanding” which means the Lord opened his spiritual ears and he became saved. This is why Paul had a kinship with him in the Spirit and he had looked at this crippled man very intently and saw that this man had become saved and had the faith in him to be healed of his infirmity. Just as Jesus saw the faith of the friends who lowered the paralytic through the roof, Paul saw the faith in this man that he was able to be healed. (Mat 9:2 KJV) And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
Acts 4:10 (KJB)
Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
Paul then looked at this man and with a very loud voice, told him to stand. The word “stand” in the Greek is in the Imperative mood making it a command. This was no quiet command because Paul gave this command very loudly. He commanded the man to stand up on his feet. The man was so ready for a miracle of healing that he did not just stand up in a very cautious manner, instead he leaped or sprang to his feet. Then after he had sprang to his feet, then he started walking. For a person who never walked a day in their life and then having the ability to jump up and then walk, makes that a truly amazing miracle. It is like his legs exploded with strength for the first time in his life.