Posts Tagged ‘Jewish’


Acts 13:6b-11
There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun.”

There constantly was a conscious and orchestrated effort to stop the disciples from sharing the gospel and as the good news was being preached around the world, more and more people were being saved and many were being persecuted. Would it not be discouraging for the elect to continue to fight a never-ending battle? Was it not frustrating to them that everywhere they went, they were up against a never ceasing enemy? Would it not be simpler for them to live their normal, peaceful lives and not put themselves to such difficulties for a man who died many years ago?

To the ones who have found peace in Jesus, there is nothing or no one that can take it away. To the sinner saved by God’s grace, nothing can be more comforting and no hardship can cause them to stop sharing God’s goodness to the world. In Elymas (Bar-Jesus), Paul saw himself and God’s punishment spoken through Paul was evidence of what he was before he met the Lord. Today we are reminded of who we were (If we are now saved) or are and what we have become (Or can become) in the character of Elymas and Paul. The choice is simple, the rewards are eternal but the consequences could be temporarily harsh. Are you willing to be counted on God’s side?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Acts 12:11, 21-23
Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating”… On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

Today’s chapter was a hard one to read because it spoke about the reality of our Christian faith. As hard as we try to make the Gospel sound appealing, the truth is that in Christ, there will always be persecution because he went against the grain of this world and against Satan and we by following him are doing the same. The murder of James by King Herod and the persecution of the Church (Body of believers) was a reality of the day, yet their numbers grew! As you read the passage above, what do you notice about the difference in Peter and Herod’s response to a situation of praise?

Peter was jailed to be executed and was saved by God’s angel. His response was to glorify God for sparing his life and he went to share the news with his family in Christ. However, in contrast, when Herod received accolades about how he sounded like God and did not refute it, God struck him down. God in his goodness and love saves us from destruction but we in our need for glory often forget to thank God for his exceeding goodness and face the consequences. God reminded me today that he loves me and blesses me and he expects that I live for his glory alone, not mine. My new life is not mine but his and for his glory and I am grateful that he has offered me eternity in his presence which supersedes anything this world has to offer.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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