17 Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: “My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. 18 They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death. 19 The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people.
Paul loved his own people and he made every effort to reach them and to convince them that their fellow Jew, Jesus, was their promised Messiah. The results from this conversation in Rome were typical, a few believed, most were unconvinced. God has not rejected Jewish people although many have rejected Him by rejecting the Son Jesus. God will have the last word concerning this people group (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What does this passage tell you about, Jesus and humanity?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Stop and pray for someone who is near to you right now, someone you can see.