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DBR 2023

ACTS 23-24: DAY 350 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

December 16, 2023

ACTS 23-24
DAY 350 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verse For Today: Acts 24:27

Today, our journey through the book of Acts continues with Paul’s slow journey to Rome.

Ask the Lord for His understanding of Acts 23-24. Read Acts 23-24. Let’s journey!

ActsActs 23-24: At the end of last week’s reading, Paul claimed his Roman citizenship, which meant he was required to be provided with a trial before being punished. Roman solders, determined to find out why Paul was being accused by the Jews, released Paul and brought him before the Sanhedrin. Paul caused a dispute to break out between the members of the Sanhedrin, and the Roman soldiers imprisoned him for the night. Some Jews plot to kill Paul and the Romans are warned. Paul is sent to Caesarea, where he appears before Governor Felix. Paul uses facts, not flattery and exaggeration to defend himself against accusations made against him. Governor Felix declined to rule on the case for two years, but kept Paul under guard, with several liberties granted. (Acts 23:1-24:27)

Our focus verses for today:

27 When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.
(Acts 24:27, NIV)

God promised Paul he would go to Rome. And it almost seemed within Paul’s grasp. Two years later, however, Paul is still not in Rome. God’s timetable is a mystery to us, but we can take heart in knowing that He has one! Patience can be hard. Patience for God’s plan has its rewards. Are you at a time in your life where you are waiting? Paul did not spend his time simply waiting. He was active during that time – writing letters, ministering to those that he could, and continually seeking out the Lord’s will. What are you doing while you wait?

Godspeace!

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