Paul has been moved to Caesarea, the seat of the Roman governor where we hear a familiar theme. The controversy is an intra-Jewish one, not a Roman one. And the local authorities seem puzzled.
After his conversion experience temporarily blinded him, Paul was taken by the hand and led to Damascus. Our dependence upon each other is no weakness, no indication of unimportant inferiority. Our dependencies, our limitations, our numerous needs for each other – all of it is grace. To allow ourselves to be led in the direction…
Acts 21:18-27 (CEB)
It seems like there is a misunderstanding among the Jewish followers of Jesus about what exactly Paul is saying and doing as part of his ministry. They are having what is called a “failure to communicate.”
Let us also celebrate the unnamed, unsung heroes and heroines of the faith who fulfill important supporting roles in the drama of Acts.
It’s nearly impossible for us to imagine the enormous significance of the following three things to the Jews of Jesus’ day, and thus the early Jewish followers of Jesus: 1. Circumcision 2. “Clean” vs. “unclean” 3. Being Jewish – not Gentile.
The Gospel of Jesus, offered to the whole world, challenges many traditional, ceremonial, and congregational restrictions. It is certainly easier for the “establishments” to open their doors and accept people and ideas that fit into or enhance their existing beliefs.
God does not favor individuals because of their station in life, their nationality or their material possessions. He does, however, respect their character and judge their work.
Imagine a large gathering of celebration….