Thursday 3 January, 2013

Acts 18:12-17

12 At that time Gallio was governor of Achaia. The Jews got together and attacked Paul. They brought him into court. 13 “This man,” they charged, “is trying to talk people into worshiping God in ways that are against the law.” 14 Paul was about to speak up for himself. But just then Gallio spoke to the Jews. “You Jews are not claiming that Paul has committed a crime, whether large or small,” he said. “If you were, it would make sense for me to listen to you. 15 But this is about your own law. It is a question of words and names. Settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.” 16 So he had them thrown out of the court. 17 Then all the Jews turned against Sosthenes. He was the synagogue ruler. They beat him up in front of the court. But Gallio didn’t care at all.

In the verses prior to this we read this promise to Paul.

Acts 18:10 (TNIV)

[10] For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”

So

even when the Jews brought a united attack against Paul, it had no consequence for him.

Gods purposes and promises are sure.

Romans 8:31-32 (TNIV)

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? [32] He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously

give us all things?

Written by Lyndall Gourlay

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