Please read Acts 21:37-40, Acts 22 and Acts 23 today. All in one place and all back-to-back, that’s nice! Remember days where we were flipping like crazy to get through the reading? Can you believe we have less than 30 days to go? Let’s finish strong (begin AND complete like we talked about the other day!). What’s your highlight?
What a big day! Paul addresses the mob in Hebrew, because at first they were not willing to listen as he told the story of his conversion. Hearing their own language made all the difference. It’s so important to know your audience and be able to relate.
‘The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth.” Acts 22:14 NKJV
Couldn’t we all adopt 22:14 over own our lives? Yes and amen! You are chosen! God desires to speak with you! You can hear God’s voice!
Unfortunately, the mob turned again, and a plot was developed to kill Paul. The very Jews who heard him speak in their own language made a vow (Acts 23:12-15) to attack and destroy him. BUT the Lord appeared to Paul:
“But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, ‘Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.'” Acts 23:11 NKJV
I love that Jesus appears to Paul, to give comfort and strength, to remind him that God has a purpose for his life that would be fulfilled BEFORE these angry men made their vow. There is no such thing as an emergency meeting in heaven – God knows, God sees, and God has already made provision to protect and provide.
In the midst of any storm in our life, Jesus brings purpose and peace always.