Tag: many believed
Scripture reading for May 6th: 1st Samuel 25, 1st Chronicles 7, Acts 17
Acts 17:1-5 “Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apolonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, Whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd.”
As Paul and Silas continued their missionary journey to Thessalonica, they initially went to the Jewish synagogue. There, Paul, a Pharisee and teacher of Scripture reasoned with them from Scriptures. He took the Word of God and explained salvation and Jesus as the Christ. Many came to believe but some of the Jews became jealous and stirred up trouble in the form of a mob. They attacked Jason’s house where Paul had been staying. The brothers ended up sending Paul and Silas away to the next town, Berea. There the Jews at the synagogue searched the Scriptures to see if Paul was telling them truth. Many more believed! The Word of God is all about Jesus the Christ!
Acts 17:10-12 “The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble minded than those in Thessalonica; they received the Word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.”
Prayer: Father God, thank You for sending Jesus, Your Son and the Christ to reveal You to us. As I study Your Word, reveal Jesus as Christ to me in every verse and chapter. Help me to patiently teach, preach, and reason with those needing to know Jesus using Your unchanging Word. You have bound my life in the bundle of the living!
1st Samuel 25:28-29 “Please forgive the trespass of your servant. For the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the Lord, and evil shall not be found in you so long as you live. If men rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living in the care of the Lord your God. And the lives of your enemies he shall sling out as from the hollow of a sling.”
Scripture reading for June 1st: Acts 19
The apostle Paul decided to revisit Ephesus on his second missionary journey. As he arrived there he found a group of believers and questioned them. “”Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered him, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied.” (Acts 19:2-3) Paul went on to tell them about Jesus and to baptize them in the name of the Lord Jesus. When he laid hands on them they spoke in tongues and prophesied!
This event happened about twenty years after Pentecost! Receiving the Holy Spirit was so important that Paul had them re-baptized after they understood that Jesus was the One John the Baptist had pointed each person to. Repentance is not enough, faith must be in Jesus Christ! The Holy Spirit must empower each person to be a witness of Jesus!
“God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and evil spirits left them.” (Acts 19:11-12) God’s grace through Paul brought some Jews to use “the name of Jesus who Paul preaches” to cast out an evil spirit from a man. The evil spirit beat them up and threw them out. This caused a stir in Ephesus and Jesus’ Name was held in great honor. “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and publicly burned them.” . . .”In this way the Word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.” (Acts 19:19-20)
Scripture reading for May 12th: Acts 5
“The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.” (Acts 5:12-16)
Right after the sudden deaths of Ananias and his wife Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit, a holy fear came over the church and people. There were understandable reservations about joining the apostles and their group who met in a room near the temple. The apostles were highly regarded because of the miraculous signs and wonders that they performed on a regular basis as they ministered to the lost, sick and demon-possessed. However, as they ministered and preached the Gospel of the resurrected Christ, many were added to the number of believers!
As the disciples moved about ministering, people would bring the sick into the streets and seek to get them close enough to Peter and the apostles that their shadow might bring healing or at least get their attention for ministry and prayer! God so anointed them that all the sick and demon-possessed that were brought to them from Jerusalem and surrounding towns were healed! God honors faith and faithfulness! Has your shadow been sought by the hurting because of the anointing of Jesus on your life? God’s willing to use us!