22 The commander dismissed the young man with this warning: “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.”
From Paul’s perspective, he is obviously tiring of this ridiculous charade between the Jews and Christians and it seems he is ready to move on from this. Church and politics have never been a good mixture. There always seem to be too much of politics and not enough of church, or too much jockeying around for positions of authority and power and no actual ministry being done. I love what Revelation 7:10 says about this, “Salvation belongs to our God…” Let this be a lesson that whatever denomination you are, whatever evangelical Christian background you have, that the salvation of souls belong to God and no one else. Whatever credit people or groups try to get from it all is just glory stealing. Sidenote: I wonder whatever happened to those men who swore a hunger oath to kill Paul? They obviously didn’t achieve their objective. Did they actually keep their word and starve themselves to death? (Josh).
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?
Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11