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Click here for today’s reading: Job 16; Acts 21, 22, 23
Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Job 16:1 “Then Job replied: 2 “I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you! 3 Will your long-winded speeches never end?”
Acts 21:10“After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
Paul is arrested and is afforded the opportunity to speak with the people…
Acts 22 Paul’s shares his testimony about his conversion, then ends up making his defense before the Sanhedrin.
Acts 23:10 “The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks. 11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
23 “Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at nine tonight. 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”
I really admire Paul’s determination and focus. Not sure it had to end that way… he was warned… not sure if he just wouldn’t listen to godly advice. Who knows… Of course, he didn’t die in Jerusalem…
(Amazing how similar Paul’s situation is to when Jesus was arrested…)
Of course, in the US, this could never happen, so openly… We may be “blacklisted” for our faith, but not arrested and beaten. It could certainly happen in other countries. Look at what happened to the reporter in Saudi Arabia… Not that it had anything to do with his faith, but he was tortured and killed, probably, just for being an American.
Job’s situation with his friends is heating up…
Keep in mind, Job could not have authored the book of Job, otherwise he would have known about what had transpired in Heaven, between God and Satan… He would have just explained that to his friends, had he known. (This back and forth discourse is going to drag on for another 20+ chapters!)
Paul’s resume: “If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” Philippians 3:4-7
Paul’s experience: “I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?” 2 Corinthians 11:23
Lord, give me THAT kind of determination and resilience to endure hardship and suffering! And the boldness to cause it…