October 30, 2021
DAY 301: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we continue our journey through the book of Acts, with a look at Saul and Peter.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Acts 9-10. Read Acts 9-10. Let’s journey!
The book of Acts, sometimes called Acts of the Apostles, picks up immediately after the end of the Gospel of Luke, which makes sense as the same man, Luke, authored both. Luke, a doctor who traveled with the Apostle Paul, focuses on the continuing work of Jesus Christ. Luke follows the beginnings of the early church, from the receiving of the Holy Spirit, to the first use of the word Christian, to the first church, to the first missionary journeys, and the first disagreements within the church. Through it all, however, the focus remains on Jesus Christ and fulfilling the commission He gave: to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Acts 9-10: Saul’s conversion is quite dramatic and, no doubt, confusing for everyone that knew him and knew of him. The Lord called him for a purpose – to spread the good news of salvation to the Gentiles. While Saul learned and grew in his faith, Peter continued traveling and performing miraculous acts, including raising a woman from the dead. Peter is given a vision, changing the interaction between Jews and Gentiles forever. Jews and Gentiles were no longer divided; both were made clean by the Lord. In addition, many of the rituals and requirements given to Moses were no longer binding, as Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, after which no other sacrifice needs to be made. (Acts 9:1-10:48)
After concluding today’s reading, consider the following: What happened in today’s reading? What examples were given of fulfilling Jesus’ commission? How are fulfilling Jesus’ commission to spread the Gospel? Do you look for opportunities in your everyday life? Do you hide your faith and relationship with Jesus Christ?
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