Monday, April 15, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- April 14 - Text & Audio

Acts Chapter 21 verses 15 to 30  

After these days we took up our baggage and went up to Jerusalem.
Some of the disciples from Caesarea also went with us, bringing one Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we would stay.
When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.
The day following, Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present.
When he had greeted them, he reported one by one the things which God had worked among the Gentiles through his ministry.
They, when they heard it, glorified God. They said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law.
They have been informed about you, that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children neither to walk after the customs.
What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.
Therefore do what we tell you. We have four men who have taken a vow.
Take them, and purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses for them, that they may shave their heads. Then all will know that there is no truth in the things that they have been informed about you, but that you yourself also walk keeping the law.
But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written our decision that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from food offered to idols, from blood, from strangled things, and from sexual immorality."
Then Paul took the men, and the next day, purified himself and went with them into the temple, declaring the fulfillment of the days of purification, until the offering was offered for every one of them.
When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the multitude and laid hands on him, crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, and the law, and this place. Moreover, he also brought Greeks into the temple, and has defiled this holy place!"
For they had seen Trophimus, the Ephesian, with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.
All the city was moved, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple. Immediately the doors were shut.

Those were verses 15 to 30 from Acts Chapter 21   

Insight- Paul testified to James and the other elders at Jerusalem all the wondrous things God had done through his work among the Jews & Gentiles. As prophesied earlier by Agabus, Jews from Asia laid hands on Paul and dragged him out of the temple. Paul was persecuted on many occasions for his testimony regarding Jesus Christ, but he never shrunk back in his faith from the time that he had first encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus.

Question- How about you? Do you sometimes feel like giving up on your faith when you go through distressing circumstances in your life?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, keep my faith strong in the midst of troubling circumstances that I encounter in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.  

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