Read thru New Testament Devotional – July 30, 2017

July 30

 

Acts 28:16-31

Acts 28:16-Having arrived in Rome, Paul invites the leading Jews there to visit with him.  He tells them that though he had done nothing wrong against their nation and beliefs, they delivered him into the hands of the Romans (almost sounds like he is trying to play on their spirit of nationality) and says, "for I am wearing this chain for the sake of the hope of Israel" (:20).  They tell him that they want to hear more about the followers of Christ, saying that this "sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere" (:22).  They came again at a later date in large numbers to the place where he was staying (:23).  Paul was trying to "persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening" (:23).  Some believed and some did not.  Paul then quotes Isaiah 6:9.  Notice that it says that the Jews have intentionally been unresponsive to what they are hearing… ”…they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes…” (:27).  The Message paraphrase correctly expresses the fact that the Jews were purposefully closing their hearts and minds to what Paul was saying…this was no misunderstanding, or error…”They stick their fingers in their ears so they won’t have to listen; they screw their eyes shut so they won’t have to look, so they won’t have to deal with me face-to-face and let me heal them.”  Paul says that since the Jews have largely rejected the Gospel, it has been sent to the Gentiles.  Was this an attempt to make them jealous and to listen more?  He stayed there for 2 years preaching and teaching (:30-31).

 

Ryrie 28:30 two full years in his own rented quarters.  During this time of confinement Paul wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon…Knowing that they could not get a verdict of guilty, his accusers probably never showed up and therefore lost the case by default. Paul would then have been released and become free to engage in the ministry reflected in the Pastoral Epistles before being rearrested and finally martyred.

 

How and when did the Apostle Paul die?  See:

http://www.biblestudy.org/question/sauldie.html

 

For a timeline of the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul see:

https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/paul/timeline.cfm

 

Prayer: Lord, I am free, totally free.  Paul was under arrest for 2 years in Rome.  Please help me to be as faithful in my freedom, as Paul was in his bondage.  Please help me to seek to persuade others to receive Jesus.  Give me a vision and direction for those that You wish for me to go to...even as Paul knew that You were not only sending him to the Jews, but to the Gentiles, as well.

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