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The Politics of Division

Do you ever feel like we are all just being played against each other?  Last week, the Supreme Court was the enemy to half the country and the potential savior to the other half.  This week it’s reversed.  We are told who our enemies should be.  One day it’s the oil and gas companies, the next it’s illegal immigrants.  We are either red states or blue states, one way or another.  And whatever your beliefs or affiliations, forward this to ten people or America will turn into communists, aristocrats, capitalists, or whatever you fear the most.

I truly fear that this year the politics and culture of fear and division will be worse than our country has seen in years.  And unfortunately, many churches will cause as much division as any other group will.

There are lots of approaches churches and Christians can take in this culture.  Certainly when the church has an opportunity to extend Gods Kingdom and Gods will through the marking of a ballot we should be willing to do so.  And yet, I think the founding fathers had the best interests of the church at heart when they insisted on the separation of church and state.  They weren’t worried about the influence of church, but rather they were afraid of the influence of government on the church.  And to some extent, I worry about this today.  I am afraid that sometimes the world convinces us that we should be enemies with one another and we forget that as Christians, what unites us is far greater than what divides us.

I want to mention two passages from Paul.  The first from 1 Corinthians 1 and the second from 1 Timothy 2.

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?”

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

The first passage reminds us that our loyalty doesn’t belong to people, but it belongs to Christ and that this loyalty should eliminate divisions and create unity among all the believers.  The second passage tells us to pray for all of those in authority that we might live peaceful lives.  Paul wants Christians to “play nice” with the government so that they can focus on what matters most, for all people to be saved.  When Christians pursue unity and focus on seeking and saving the lost, the world will take notice and be influenced.  It’s when we allow the world to influence us that we instead find ourselves divided.  Please pray for unity this year and let your words and actions always be directed towards that goal.  After all, if we just go about the business of being the people that Jesus Christ has called us to be, God will take care of the rest.

 
 

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Acts 28 – An Odd Ending

During The Book of Acts

One of the odd things about reading the Bible is that it isn’t entirely in order, or what we would expect “in order” to look like.  By the end of this chapter, Paul has written both letters to the Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, a couple of letters to Timothy, one to Titus, and this other book called Romans.  To a certain extent, as we move forward into the New Testament, we will be moving backward into the story we’ve just finished.

In Rome

When Paul last met with a group of Jews, there was a riot, an arrest, several years of imprisonment, trials before three rulers and multiple assassination attempts.  But that doesn’t keep Paul from going straight to the Jews in and around Rome and telling them about Jesus and the Gospel.  He expects them to be as hostile as what he experienced in Jerusalem and Judea.  Instead, some listen and some reject his teaching (just like in Jerusalem) but then they all just go home.  There aren’t any riots.  Paul isn’t stoned or imprisoned.  Things are always political in the capital, where power is everything and reputations are at stake.  But when you get farther away from the power politics of Jerusalem, They simply listen, assess, discuss and go home.

While Paul spends the next couple of years in Rome under house arrest, this doesn’t seem to be too arduous.  In fact, the final phrase, that he taught with boldness and without hindrance would seem to indicate that these years of house arrest were some of the easiest in his ministry.  Preaching to people who don’t try to kill you is easy.

At least, that’s all until we start Romans on Monday.

Then the book ends.  Almost out of nowhere Acts is over.  It seems unresolved at first.  Paul is imprisoned after his appeal to Caesar and we want to know the verdict.  We don’t know how the churches are doing.  What ever happened to Peter?

But the point is that they aren’t the point.  The book isn’t about Peter or Paul.  It isn’t about the early converts.  The book is about the Kingdom.  It’s about all of the people and circumstances that led to King Jesus leading a group of men and women into becoming something great with his Holy Spirit power.  The end of the book is the moment that the Gospel has gone everywhere it needed to go.  While it feels like we have loose ends with Paul, everything with the spread of the Gospel has been accomplished.  If it was all neatly concluded, there would be a sense of completeness and finality to it.  As it is, Acts presents itself as a launch point and an invitation to pick up where Peter, Barnabas and Paul left off, to take the Gospel to my and your little corner of the world.

We start Romans on Monday!  What was your favorite thing about Acts?

 

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Acts, Bible Blog

 

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Acts 27 – Confidence

A little over a year ago I went to Ireland by myself. I wanted to explore the beauty of the country and didn’t want to be limited to a tour so I rented a car. The closer I got to Dublin the more anxious I got about sitting on the right side of my rental car and having to navegate the streets while driving on the left side of the road. With each moment that my airplane got closer to that beautiful place I became a little more anxious about the reality of my situation. I had to drive. I was alone and would need to meet people. All of the road signs are in Gaelic. The closer I got to Dublin, the more resolved I had to become about what I had set out to do. In no way does this comepare to Paul’s situation but I cannot even imagine the resolve, focus, and confidence he had about the reality of his situation and what he was supposed to be doing.

How hard is it to tell a group of professional sailors that a storm is going to come up, their efforts will be futile, and they will lose everything? When they don’t want to listen and decide they should go anyway, taking you with them, you continue to remind them of this. Where does Paul’s information come from? Who does he think he is? Paul gives his credentials…his master stood beside him and told him not to be afraid because he is must stand trial before Caesar and God has graciously given him the lives that sail with him. Would that give you much comfort if you were the owner of the ship or one of his guards? Paul then basically tells them that even if they don’t have enough faith, or any at all, his faith was big enough to protect them.

How does your faith stand out among those trembling around you? Are you so confident in your journey and what must happen before you that when people see the storms building aroudn you they find peace in your faith? I don’t know exactly where all I am going in this world but I want to have confidence in Christ the way that Paul did.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Acts, Bible Blog

 

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Acts 26 – Not guilty, not crazy, not free

There are a few important details in Acts 26.  First, Paul is now standing trial before a third Roman magistrate.  We’ve already been through Felix and Festus and now Paul is before Agrippa.  It appears that Paul has some background knowledge or relationship with Agrippa that causes him to think that Agrippa is well versed in the Prophets.  We don’t get to find out what it us, but Paul jumps right into a Bible study with Agrippa.  It’s so poignant that by the end of it, Agrippa actually has to ask if Paul expects to convert him.  Apparently Paul does!  After two trials, Paul isn’t just trying to get out any more, he’s just trying to convert the judges, and anybody else who will listen.  That’s pretty impressive.

Paul also focuses intently on the Resurrection and what that means to Israel, to Christians, and to all people.  God can raise the dead.  He did so in Jesus.  He now offers this to all who will follow him.  And this simple teaching is turning the world upside down.

My personal favorite line in the entire chapter is when Paul says, it is my prayer that all who are listening will become like me…”except for these chains.”  I can’t help but wonder if that is a moment of clarification or a somewhat sly and playful remark that would have let everybody in the room chuckle for a moment.  I like to think it’s the latter.

No matter how you look at it, Luke wants to make sure that we know that nobody in the Roman government thinks Paul is guilty of anything.  In fact, the only reason Paul is imprisoned is Paul (and his appeal to Caesar). Nobody in the Jewish government has any solid accusation against him either.  And Paul and Agrippa both agree that he isn’t crazy and that he is reasonable.  If you are considering becoming a Christian and find out that one of the movement’s leaders was arrested, imprisoned for years by multiple Roman rulers, punished many times, considered crazy by some and a villain by others, you might have second thoughts.  However, Acts 26 clearly dismisses any thoughts of that nature.  It gives Paul, and Christianity credibility.  It wasn’t illegal.  They weren’t criminals.  And they weren’t crazy.  Nonetheless, nobody knows what to do with them.

On to Rome.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Acts 25 – Appeal to Caesar

(While Ryan is away in Barbados and Guyana, we will have a few changes in our blogging rotation and possibly even a guest blogger. Please keep Ryan and the teens in your prayers while they are on a mission trip.)

Trial Before Festus

Paul had originally been imprisoned under Felix, but Festus has taken over Felix’s post, which means the politics of Paul’s trial have changed completely. Festus is trying to do his job well, but also wants to begin building a good relationship with the Jews. When the Jewish leaders ask to put Paul on trial in Jerusalem, Festus seems to like the idea of using this as a chance to build relationship with the Jews. Paul seems to recognize the dangerous dynamic developing here and appeals to Caesar for trial. Later Festus tells Agrippa that he would have let Paul go had he not appealed to Caesar. There seem to be three possibilities about what was really going on:

1. Festus was going to convict and sentence Paul in order to appease the Jewish leaders. Paul wisely sees a chance to escape Festus and the Jews and arrive at Rome by appealing to Caesar. Once Paul appealed to Caesar, he was fine with that as well, except that he couldn’t find a charge to place against him in the emperor’s court. He asks for Agrippa’s advice and of course, now says he would have otherwise released him because saying anything else makes him look a fool.

2. Festus really couldn’t find any real charge to place against Paul but right before Festus was able to release him Paul appeals to Caesar and Festus likes the idea of passing on this responsibility. Had Paul kept his mouth shut he would have gone free.

3. Paul knew he was about to go free but decided that with these angry Jews who had promised not to eat until Paul was dead, that he was better off traveling to Rome with a well-armed Roman guard responsible for his safe transport.

Personally, I lean strongly towards option one.  Now Festus has to find legal grounds to send Paul to Rome, but he can’t come up with anything himself so King Agrippa is called in as a legal consult.  What’s clear is that the Jewish authorities have rebelled against God and the Roman authorities can’t figure out what to do with this new Christian movement.  It’s almost that when they look at “The Way” as the early Christians were called, they felt like it was probably revolutionary and might even be illegal, but they weren’t doing anything wrong.  How do you handle a group like that?

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Are You Convicted?

Peter Rollins is a preacher out of Ireland who has become famous for his modern day parables. Ever since I heard this parable read for the first time I found it incredibly convicting. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

“No Conviction” by Peter Rollins

In a world where following Christ is decreed to be a subversive and illegal activity you have been accused of being a believer, arrested and dragged before a court.

You have been under clandestine surveillance for some time now and so the prosecution has been able to build up quite a case against you. They begin the trial by offering the judge dozens of photographs which show you attending church meetings, speaking at religious events, and participating in various prayer and worship services. After this they present a selection of items that have been confiscated from your home: religious books that you own, worship CDs and other Christian artefacts. Then they step up the pace by displaying many of the poems, pieces of prose, and journal entries that you had lovingly written concerning your faith. Finally, in closing, the prosecution offers your Bible to the judge. This is a well-worn book with scribbles, notes, drawings, and underlings throughout, evidence, if it were needed, that you had read and re-read this sacred text many times.

Throughout the case you have been sitting silently in fear and trembling. You know deep in your heart that with the large body of evidence that has been amassed by the prosecution you face the possibility of a long imprisonment or even execution. At various times throughout the proceedings you have lost all confidence and have been on the verge of standing up and denying Christ. But while this thought has plagued your mind throughout the trial, you resist the temptation and remain focused.

Once the prosecution has finished presenting their case the judge proceeds to ask if you have anything to add, but you remain silent and resolute, terrified that if you open your mouth, even for a moment, you might deny the charges made against you. Like Christ, you remain silent before your accusers. In response you are led outside to wait as the judge ponders your case.
The hours pass slowly as you sit under guard in the foyer waiting to be summoned back. Eventually a young man in uniform appears and leads you into the courtroom so that you may hear the verdict and receive word of your punishment. Once seated in the dock the judge, a harsh and unyielding man, enters the room, stands before you, looks deep into your eyes and begins to speak,

“Of the charges that have been brought forward I find the accused not guilty.”

“Not guilty?” your heart freezes. Then, in a split second, the fear and terror that had moments before threatened to strip your resolve are swallowed up by confusion and rage.

Despite the surroundings, you stand defiantly before the judge and demand that he give an account concerning why you are innocent of the charges in light of the evidence.

“What evidence?” he replies in shock.

“What about the poems and prose that I wrote?” you reply.

“They simply show that you think of yourself as a poet, nothing more.”

“But what about the services I spoke at, the times I wept in church and the long, sleepless nights of prayer?”

“Evidence that you are a good speaker and actor, nothing more.” replied the judge, “It is obvious that you deluded those around you, and perhaps at times you even deluded yourself, but this foolishness is not enough to convict you in a court of law.”

“But this is madness!” you shout. “It would seem that no evidence would convince you!”

“Not so,” replies the judge as if informing you of a great, long forgotten secret.

“The court is indifferent toward your Bible reading and church attendance; it has no concern for worship with words and a pen. Continue to develop your theology, and use it to paint pictures of love. We have no interest in such armchair artists who spend their time creating images of a better world. We exist only for those who would lay down that brush, and their life, in a Christ-like endeavor to create it. So, until you live as Christ and his followers, until you challenge this system and become a thorn in our side, until you die to yourself and offer your body to the flames, until then my friend, you are no enemy of ours.”

To what extent should our Christianity be lived out in a way that it becomes a nuisance to our society?

What does that look like?

Is that voting people into office or changing the culture with the way we live in powerful opposition to it?

We are at a crossroads in the Church in America. It has become apparent that Christianity is no longer the assumption anymore so we have to decide how we will respond to a culture that has moved away from our Christian values. We can talk about how things need to change or we can stand in opporition of our culture and provide a better world through the way we live.

Who do you see doing this in different parts of Scripture, both Old and New Testaments?

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Bible Blog, Hot Topics

 

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Acts 24 – Paul Before Felix

Paul’s Trial Before Felix

So when the Sanhedrin’s attorney, Tertullus, shows up to bring accusations against Paul his charges include:

  • He’s a troublemaker who stirs up riots among Jews around the world.
  • He’s a ringleader of the Nazarene sect.
  • He tried to desecrate the Temple.

Paul responds to the charges:

  • I peacefully entered the Temple in Jerusalem 12 days ago.  No riots occurred.  There were no altercations there or anywhere else I went.
  • What they call a sect, I call The Way.  And yes, I am a follower of The Way.
  • When I did go into the Temple, I didn’t desecrate it.  I didn’t take in any crowds or cause any problems.  In fact, my only goal was to provide funds I had gathered from around the world to help the poor.
  • On the other hand, there is a bunch of trouble-making Jewish ruffians who followed me all the way from Asia who keep causing riots everywhere I go.  If they have any accusations, maybe they should be here today.
  • Maybe they are upset because I believe in the resurrection of the dead, the ancient hope of our people.

Then two interesting things happen.  First, Felix dismisses the entire thing because he is familiar with The Way.  And not only is he familiar, but he seems to be very intrigued and favorable towards them.  He spends much time listening and talking to Paul.  I can only wonder how Felix came to be so interested in The Way and what his ultimate response to it was.  

The second interesting thing that happens is that Felix keeps Paul in jail for two years to appease the Jews.  Do you think Felix ever said to Paul, “Look, I’m gonna have to keep you in here.  You’re safer here.  I enjoy your company and our conversations.  And the Jews sure do behave better when you aren’t out there.  Win, win, win.”  For Felix, he is a self-absorbed governor who is trapped between a rock and a hard place.  His supervisors would not be happy if he caused a great deal of Jewish angst and uprising because of his mishandling of a trial.  On the other hand, it’s not a great idea to sentence a famous Roman citizen without grounds.  So he stalls, originally waiting for a tribune to arrive and when then does happen simply waiting until it can be somebody else’s problem.

Certainly this was a difficult time for Paul.  He had just recently written to the church in Rome, telling them how he longed to visit them soon.  Jesus had promised Paul this opportunity and as he spent weeks, months and then years waiting you can only imagine how frustrating this time would have become.  The good news is that his friends were allowed to come and meet with him and provide for him.  Some have suggested that it was during this time that Paul’s good friend Luke might have been working on a project with Paul’s input (see the Book of Luke and/or Acts).

Regardless, at this point Acts has made it clear that when it comes to religious or secular rulers and authorities, they are not just.  They are not effective.  They don’t help with anything.  It’s time for a new ruler.  It’s time for a new King who can actually make things better, make things right.  I’m officially starting a write in campaign.  Let’s vote Jesus for President in 2012!

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Acts, Bible Blog

 

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Acts 23 – Because of the Resurrection! Those guys have got to be hungry

Acts 23

The commander has ordered all of the chief priests and the Sanhedrin to assemble so that Paul could meet with them. He’s kind of doing this for his own sake because he wants to know what exactly is going on. In doing this he is also giving Paul another avenue to preach under Roman guard.

We typically have a bad view of the Pharisees because they are the antagonists throughout the Gospels. We often forget that they were good Jews who desperately wants the see the Messiah come. That is why they were trying to lay down strict laws. They believed that if all of Israel could keep the Law perfectly for one day the Messiah would come.

While speaking to the group, Paul recognizes that there are Pharisees and Sadducees within the group. I used to read this section as Paul being crafty by throwing out a subject of huge debate amongst the groups to cause confusion so he can make it getaway. While there might be something to that, after reading it again today it really seems that he is simply still preaching. He recognizes that there are some people out there from his own school of thought and meets them where they are passionate.

Paul boldly proclaims, “The hope that you are searching and longing for, the resurrection of the dead, is why I am on trial today! The Messiah has come!” and then a fight breaks out. We can see in the response of many of the Pharisees that they might have gotten it though there isn’t anything written about conversions from this moment.

Going back to the beginning of our reading, I’ve rethought through Paul’s interchanges with the high priest a few times and each time I hear a different tone in Paul’s comments. At first glance there seems to be a lot of respect shown on Paul’s part toward to high priest but then as I thought through it all again it almost seems like he’s sarcastically making a point. He had to have known that he was standing before the high priest. He calls the high priest out for being hypocritical because they are trying him under the Law but at the same time breaking the Law by having him struck. He then apologizes for breaking the Law because he spoke poorly about the high priest. I just find the whole situation comical. I like to think Paul is showing great respect to the high priest but I also wonder the other way as well.

That night, the Lord stood near Paul. How amazing is that. I don’t think I have ever stopped to consider how amazing this is. The first time the Lord visited Paul he was dropped to his knees and struck blind. This time it is for encouragement and direction. We’re taking this message all the way to Rome.

It is obvious that the Jews are rather upset with Paul and even want him dead. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since they killed Jesus just a few years before. When you make up your mind that you’re going to do something, you’ve got to have a good plan in place.

When I was a kid we used to “Play Guns” in our neighborhood. This was back in the days where kids played outside and the neighbors didn’t care too much that you were in your yard because they actually knew you and your parents because it was back in the days where people talked to one another…but I digress. I was always the youngest of the kids playing by a few years so I got ganged up on a lot. We spent most of our time arguing about the trajectory of the imaginary bullets and whether or not I was actually shot…a tactic I still use today when someone imaginarily shoots me. I typically look at them like they are an idiot and inform them of how bad of a shot they are…again I digress. There was one time where I found the perfect location to ambush my brother. I was up in this tree for days on end, or at least that is how it felt to a 6 year old militant. It was a flawless plan so I was resolved to stay where I was till I could finally have the upper hand on my brother and his band of miscreants. I sat in the tree and waited…and waited…and waited…and finally got hungry and went to dinner to find out that they had been home for a while without me.

The Jews obviously had a good plan to kill Paul. It was a good enough plan to vow not to eat till it happened. I have always been curious how that played out. Did they have to break their vow and ask for forgiveness for not killing a guy…that seems awkward. Or did they simply die of starvation trying to figure out how they were going to get past Paul’s Roman guard of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen. On a side note…I love that Paul is saved by his little nephew. Common Luke…give the kid a name!

Paul begins his last journey…

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Acts, Bible Blog

 

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Acts 22 – Paul Is Brilliant

Paul Preaches to the Mob

So at the end of chapter 21, Paul survives a riot and is saved by a group of Roman soldiers who haul him out the mob mostly because it’s the only way to calm them down.  So as they lead Paul off for questioning to find out what got everybody so riled up, he asks them in Greek if he can speak to the crowd.  This shocks them enough that they agree.  Paul then immediately silences the crowd by speaking in their language, Aramaic.  Paul is so intelligent and so well rounded that he is able to connect with the soldiers and connect with the angry mob enough to get the one thing he really wants, a chance to share his testimony with God’s people in Jerusalem.  He starts with all of the things they have in common.  He might be from Tarsus, but he was raised in Jerusalem.  He was a student of Gamaliel, thoroughly trained in the law of “our ancestors” and he was zealous in his faith, even persecuting the believers of the way.  He shares he conversion story and includes Ananias’ own devout Jewish credentials.  At this point, the angry mob likes much of what Paul has shared.

Then he says the one thing that turns him from potential ally to enemy number one.  “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'”

And that’s the last of his sermon as far as the crowd is concerned.  In the mind of the crowd, this is an act of treason.  He claims that he has been commissioned by God to do the unthinkable: to have table fellowship with Gentiles, to dismiss the generations of war, oppression, persecution, defilement, and simply welcome them into God’s people.  They won’t even hear it.  The guards whisk Paul away to try to calm the situation again.

But in doing so, the guards make a miscalculation all their own.  They are about to start torturing Paul to find out what he knows (and in doing so also earn the good will of the angry mob).  Then Paul drops a bomb on them, “Is this any way to treat a Roman citizen?”  Suddenly the tables have turned.  Throughout his time in Jerusalem, Paul understands how to use his language skills, his understanding of culture and his citizenship to take control of so many situations.

It’s a great reminder that God gives each one of us unique characteristics and traits that we can use to grow his Kingdom.  Have you ever thought about the ways God can use who you are, your skills or the things that have happened in your past to glorify His Kingdom and spread the Gospel?

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Acts 21 – Hospitality, Paul’s Resolve, What Happens When You Assume…

As I was reading this I was trying to imagine the events taking place. Did Paul know the disciples in each town that he visited? When they landed at Tyre, they sought out the disciples. They were greeted by the disciples at Ptolemais and stayed with Philip in Caesarea. On their way to Jerusalem they were accompanied by many of the disciples and taken to Mnason’s house and were then warmly welcomed by the disciples in Jerusalem. How encouraging would it have been to receive such warmth and hospitality everywhere you went? Though I have done it a number of times, we don’t have traveling Brothers and Sisters knocking on our doors looking for a place to sleep very often. When we meet a fellow believer, do we welcome them with the same kind of warmth and hospitality that is demonstrat

ed in this passage? Do we treat them as Brothers and Sisters or as strangers?

There is a confusing progression in the warnings to Paul in regards to going to Jerusalem. At first it says that the Spirit led them to urge Paul not to go to Jerusalem. Those urgings to not go turn into warnings not to go and then into demonstrations of what will happen if and when he does go. It ends with Paul saying he’s going anyway they gave up trying to persuade him and leave it at, “The Lord’s will be done.”

I have deep admiration for Paul’s resolve here, the same resolve seen in the examples of the martyrs for centuries after him. “I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

It is out of this resolve that Paul writes in his letter to the church in Philippi, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”

When Paul arrives in Jerusalem he is faced with rumors about what he has been teaching. Instead of arguing in response, he goes out of his way to present himself as righteous. He understands that his ministry in Jerusalem amongst the Jews would be hindered if he didn’t do this. He goes to the temple to give notice of when he did these things. Who is in the temple? Jews who do not believe in Jesus. It is important to point out that the early Jewish Christians were still Jews. They still went to temple and followed the Law. The Gentiles were not required to follow the Law but were given guidelines that they must hold to.

The Jews in the city saw Trophimus, the Ephesian, with Paul in the city and make an assumption that he joined Paul in the temple, defiling it. You know what happens when you assume…a riot breaks out. One of the things you need to know about rioting is that there needs to be a little bit of a balance. Too small of a riot just makes you look like a bunch of angry soccer moms. Too big of a riot brings in the National Guard. For fear of being soccer momish the Jews went a little overboard and end up giving Paul a platform to speak to the crowd while under Roman protection. Now that the stage is set…more to come tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Acts, Bible Blog

 

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