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Today we finish the book of Acts! Romans begins tomorrow! Interesting segment in today's readings when Paul encounters the snake on the island of Malta. Everyone first believes that justice is being done, and that Paul will die by the snake. When he doesn't die, they then decide he is a god. Interesting... They were first cursing him, then suddenly worshiping him. I wonder if we do this in our lives too? Do we sometimes curse things one minute and then worship them the next? Do we sometimes even do this with God? Let us pray for consistency in our lives and actions, in particular in the area of Who we worship.
We then read in today's readings about Paul arriving in Rome and beginning to preach the Gospel just 3 days after he arrives! Paul wastes no time. He is so focused on preaching the Gospel that he makes it happen no matter what. I think we would do well to pay attention to Paul's zeal for the Gospel. Why do you suppose Paul was so zealous for the Gospel? Should we be zealous for the Gospel today like Paul was back then? Are you zealous for the Gospel today like Paul was back then?
Okay, in Acts chapter 28 we have a very important verse for all of us to pay attention to. Verse 28. These are Paul's last words recorded in Acts. Commentaries suggest that this verse is actually the main point of the book of Acts. So if you remember nothing else from the book of Acts, remember the book was about this: "So I want you to realize that this salvation from God is also available to the Gentiles, and they will accept it." Seems like such a simple verse... But do you see the weight of it? Do you believe that salvation from God is available to all? Have you accepted this salvation? Perhaps now is a good time for us to remember Paul's acceptance of this salvation on the Road to Damascus earlier in our Acts readings, as painted by the artist Michelangelo below in the year 1544 -
Bible.org's commentary on today's Acts readings titled "Paul in Rome" is at this link.
Worship Video: Today's readings reminds me of the song by Third Day titled "Call My Name:"
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