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July 15, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 22 (ESV)

“Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you.”

And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet. And he said:

“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day. I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, as the high priest and the whole council of elders can bear me witness. From them I received letters to the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished......Continue Reading

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  1. e, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. 14And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; 15for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. 16And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’❣

  2. Paul gives his testimony and mentions several times the ways in which he used to be like them and yet how radically Jesus saved him. It certainly isn’t necessary to identify with the background of someone in order to share the gospel with them, but it does help. To be able to say, “I know exactly how your are thinking because I use to think that too,” can be very powerful. But whatever traction that got in these people’s soul was lost when he mentions being sent to the gentiles. It shows they weren’t really open in the first place.

    And here we also have another example of Paul pressing his rights as a Roman citizen. Roman law required due process for their citizens, and how surprised these soldiers are that Paul is one. It does show us it is acceptable for us to do the same, to press our rights as Americans at times. But that should always be in support of the gospel, and not bring repudiation on it.

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