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July 19, 2018

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

Acts 26 (ESV)

So Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense:

“I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews, especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

“My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews. They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee. And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?....Continue Reading

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  1. Paul is consistent during this entire ordeal and takes people’s actions meant to destroy him and he confidently persevered and shared the gospel then and perpetually

  2. 22To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”❤️

  3. What an interesting interaction! Paul gives his testimony which shows the issue is one of faith and interpretation of truth and is not a question of Roman law. I love what he shares here in his testimony that I don’t believe is found elsewhere when Jesus tells him it is hard for him to kick against the goads. It is a reference to a device used in directing cattle that would drive them forward. If they went backwards, the goads would prick their legs. So it means it is hard to keep fighting against God’s direction or truth, which is what unbelievers are always fighting against (and believer’s at times too).

    But to the earthly mind all this talk of revelation and resurrection and forgiveness that comes through a dead man appears crazy, and is why faith is necessary but Fetus will have none of it. And so as Paul turns to his most likely target, King Agrippa, he is not ready to be convinced either. But he does seem like he has been moved by what Paul says and only responds that it is too soon.

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