19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia, who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me. 20 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin— 21 unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: ‘It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.’”
“It’s complicated” Paul’s religious debate has found its way into the state court system. He simply had stated his belief in the resurrection of the dead which set off a “firestorm” in the room. It was this “firestorm” for riot which brought the state into it, why or how did this man start a riot in Jerusalem if he did at all. As is often the case it wasn’t the action as much as the “reaction” which brought the trouble (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring you rest right now.