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Week 42 Day 6
Just as we thank our veterans
for paying the price
on the battlefield
for our democratic freedoms
So we can thank the apostle Paul
for paying with his life
the price of freedom
for non-Jewish believers
We say that Jesus paid the price
for our freedom
that our salvation
is God's gift
These things are true
But if those around us don't permit it
than I am not treated as free
and my salvation is not recognized as valid
Paul and others with him
led the argument
and fought with their lives
to win acceptance into the Christian church
for all whom
tradition did not allow
In our day those within the Church
take all this for granted
and there are new traditions
and new battles needing to be fought.
A plan to appease did not succeed; rioters won the day.
Acts 21 & 23
17The brethren at Jerusalem received us gladly. 18The next
day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.
19When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which
God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20When
they heard it, they glorified the Lord.
They said to him, "You see, brother, how many myriads of
Jews have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; 21but
they have been informed about you that you teach the Jews who
are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought
not to circumcise their children. 22What then? The assembly
must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.
23Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have
taken a vow. 24Be purified with them, and pay their expenses
so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know those
things concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also
walk orderly and keep the law. 25Concerning the Gentiles
who believe, we have written and decided that they should
observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves
from things offered to idols and from sexual immorality."
26Then Paul took the men, and having been purified with
them, entered the temple. 27When the seven days were almost
ended, the Jews from Asia stirred up the whole crowd and laid
hands on him, 28crying out, "Help! This is the man who teaches
all men everywhere against the law and this place; he also
brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place."
30All the city was disturbed; the people seized Paul and
dragged him out of the temple, and immediately shut the doors.
31As they were seeking to kill him, news came to the commander
of the garrison that Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32He took
soldiers and ran down to them. When they saw the commander
and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33The commander
came near and took him to be bound with two chains; and he
asked who he was and what he had done. 34Some among the
multitude cried one thing and some another.
He could not ascertain the truth because of the tumult, and
commanded him to be taken into the barracks. 35When he
reached the stairs, Paul had to be carried because of the violence
of the mob. 11The following night the Lord stood by him and
said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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