But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.”
I read this and my first thought was “What balls!”
Paul and Silas have been thrown into jail by the Romans. They pissed off the wrong person. They healed a slave. The slave was possessed by a spirit of divination which the master was using for their own benefit.
Paul and Silas weren’t just hauled up before a judge to be arraigned and await their trial. No, they were stripped, beaten, and then thrown into the deepest recesses of a dungeon. They were shackled into stocks.
All of this because they healed someone and pissed off the wrong person. Continue reading
My earlier post was about King Solomon telling us it’s not about what others think of you. It’s about the simplicity of life and the relationship between you and God. If you understand your relationship with God the rest will fall into place.
So right after I wrote my last post I read the following verse from the New Testament. Continue reading
I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?
I like the common theme that runs throughout the book of Ecclesiastes, the theme that all is vanity and striving after wind. What you make, earn, save, spend, or buy is not important because it doesn’t last and neither do you. Continue reading
As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall become straight,
and the rough places shall become level ways,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”
I read these verses the other day and thought this simple thought: The great equalizer, God/Christ. Continue reading