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Click here for today’s reading: Job 17; Acts 24, 25, 26
Here is my SOAP for today, Friday, October 26, 2018
Job 17 Job’s response to Eliphaz continues
Acts 24 Paul pleads his case before Felix, is imprisoned now for two years, without cause.
27 “When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.”
Acts 25:11 “If the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!” 12 After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!”
Acts 26:24 “At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” 25 “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. 26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” 28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” 29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
Paul has been held for more than two years without just cause. His trial is eerily similar to Jesus’ trial before his crucifixion.
I admire the fact that Paul has been in jail for that length of time, yet he seems to be unwavering in his faith.
26:24 “Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”
Some people are going to think we are crazy when we share the Gospel…
Thank you for the strength you give us when we need it the most… (like when Paul is in prison.)