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July 16, 2018

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

Acts 23 (ESV)

And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?”Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?” And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’”......Continue Reading

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  1. 11The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”

  2. There are some good principles here if we ever face a legal body meant to make judgement on matters of faith. Paul is willing to speak his mind and question proper procedures, but is also willing to be humbled when corrected. He is working within the legal system as he trusts in God and looks for opportunities to share the gospel. He also looks for a way to distract and cause confusion rather than sharing the gospel with a group who has been spoken to before and really isn’t open. His comment on the resurrection throws the leading body of the Jews into a tizzy just like Paul expected. He also accepts the protections afforded him by law and goes through proper channels when a threat and injustice is discovered. It amazes me how passionate people can be about wrong things, especially when they think they are doing God’s will. It’s pretty serious to make a pact to kill someone and not eat or drink until you do.

    It is neat how God assures Paul in the midst of this that He is with Him guiding and fulfilling His purposes. And God uses the protection that is in human law to protect Paul and give him another stage for the gospel.

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