A similar pattern and a mixed reaction is observed in Iconium. They spoke effectively and many were converted. Those Jews who did not believe stirred up and poisoned their brothers. Following an attempted stoning, they were forced to flee to Lystra.
In Lystra, there was a man who was lame from birth and never walked. He was listening to Paul's speech. Looking at him, Paul said, "Stand up on your feet." Instantly, the man stood up and began to walk.
Excited crowds declared that Barnabas and Paul were Greek gods visiting the earth. Despite their protests, they dubbed Barnabas as Zeus, the chief god of the Greeks and Paul as Hermes, the messenger god. The crowd even went one step further - they wanted to offer sacrifices for Barnabas and Paul.
Acts 14:13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.
When Barnabas and Paul heard about this, they tore their clothes and rushed out saying, “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them."
Some Jews came from Antioch and won over the crowd. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city thinking he was dead. The next day Paul and Barnabas left for Debre. This was the furthest point on his first mission. The response there was good. Churches were established, and leaders were appointed. They sailed back to Antioch and stayed with disciples for a long time.