In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
Up until this point the new movement of Jesus’ followers has been limited to the city of Jerusalem but that will soon change. Although there has been some strain on the movement, even this situation is something that God will use to serve His purpose, “This gospel of the Kingdom will be preached to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to all of the world” The cross cultural stress described in this story is just the “tip of the spear” as the gospel must cross cultural borders near and far. Everyone must hear this good news and yes, that means everyone who is not like us (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- Do you only reach out to people you get along well with?
- 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?
Be silent today.