December 3, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Acts 21-22
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Commentary: Paul’s return journey to Jerusalem is not easy. He is constantly warned of an attack should he return, however, he perseveres, demonstrating his faith in the Lord. Upon arriving in Jerusalem, many rejoice at the work Paul has done for the Lord, however, many also call for his arrest, especially those who disagreed with his teachings. Paul was arrested, even though they were unable to determine an exact charge. The treatment of Paul by the Romans changed drastically after Paul claimed his Roman citizenship (which guarantees him a chance to have his case heard before Caesar). The Romans took Paul before the Sanhedrin to determine the exact nature of the complaint.
Focus Verses: 22:1-5 Paul readily admits his past faults. He does not hide the man he used to be. Instead he uses his own life to demonstrate the transformative power belief in Jesus Christ can bring to a person’s life. There are events in your life of which you are not proud. There are events that you wish you could change. How can these events be used for God’s glory? What reminders can these events serve for you?