Acts + Letters Lesson 25 Day 3

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Acts 21:37-22:29

“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord. They shall glorify your name.” Psalm 86:9

6. Paul’s defense

Paul got the attention of his Jewish accusers by speaking to them in the Hebrew dialect, probably Aramaic.

The Hebrew language had been replaced with Aramaic during the Babylonian captivity. For more than a thousand years the Aramaic language remained the language of the Jewish people. Note that Paul did not address the Jewish people in Greek. (Footnote on Acts 21:40 in TPT)

He defended himself saying, “I am indeed a Jew . . . brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, instructed according to the strict tradition of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God, even as you all are today.”

Paul shared his history of persecuting Christians with the approval of the high priest and the entire council of elders until he and his entourage suddenly encountered a great light that blinded him and caused him to fall to the ground. A voice understood only by Paul said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

He continues, “I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you persecute.'”

The Lord sent him to a devout Jewish man, respected by all, named Ananias in Damascus for further instructions. Ananias spoke healing over Paul’s eyes, and he could see again!

The healing and Ananias’ impeccable reputation got Paul’s attention.

Ananias prophesied—

‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know his will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice from his mouth. For you will be a witness for him to all men of what you have seen and heard. Now why do you wait? Arise, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’

Paul returned to Jerusalem where in the temple, he prayed and fell into a trance. He saw Jesus saying, “Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not receive testimony concerning me from you.” Then Jesus said, “Depart, for I will send you out far from here to the Gentiles.”

This was a powerful testimony to the claims of Christianity. For a man to go from killing the followers of Christ to becoming one of them speaks volumes about how powerful the Gospel of Christ is. 1

7. The crowd’s response

The crowd listened quietly until Paul mentioned being sent to the Gentiles. At that one word, Gentiles, the riot resumed. “This Jewish mob was outraged at the thought that God’s salvation could be given freely to believing Gentiles. . . . They could not stand the idea that God might save Jews and Gentiles alike and in the same way.”2

The simple message of Jesus

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Whoever includes everyone, even non-Jews.

8. My less dramatic testimony

I was five years old.

I don’t recall my dad’s exact words, but I remember sitting on his lap.

He wasn’t usually this serious, so I knew when he explained about asking Jesus into my heart it was important.

How could I say no?


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Resources

1 Andrew Wommack Ministries Living Commentary

EnduringWord.com

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