Jan. 31, 2016 – Acts 23
Do We Choose Duty Over Our Rights?
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“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.” Psalm 86:5, English Standard Version (ESV)
Thank you for joining us, as we prayerfully continue our Feast in Acts Chapter 23; “Paul’s defence before the council of the Jews. (1-5) Paul’s defence. He receives a Divine assurance that he shall go to Rome. (6-11) The Jews conspire to kill Paul, Lysias sends him to Cesarea. (12-24) Lysias’s letter to Felix.(25-35)” – Matthew Henry Concise.
In Paul’s defense before the council of the Jews, he tells them he has led a godly life and obeys the law. Paul’s defense includes the fact that he is a Pharisee. The Council started arguing amongst themselves because it is made up of both Pharisees and Sadducees. This was because the Pharisees believe in the resurrection and the Sadducees are sad you see because they don’t. God tells Paul that he shall go to Rome. The Jews inter into a pact to kill Paul, so Lysias sends him to Cesarea. Lysias’s letter is delivered along with Paul to Felix. ”31 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 And on the next day they returned to the barracks, letting the horsemen go on with him. 33 When they had come to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him. 34 On reading the letter, he asked what province he was from. And when he learned that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, “I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod’s praetorium.” Acts 23:31-35, ESV. What the soldiers did they do because it was their duty not because they cared about Paul. Paul was delivered to Felix because as a Roman citizen it was his right. The reason Paul was imprisoned was he lived, as a soldier in duty to Jesus, not in privilege because of his rights. “68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people 69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, 70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,” Luke 1:68-70, ESV. Let your duty to God guide you rather than your rights at a citizen. You have the right to disregard people because you don’t like them. You have a duty to share God’s love with them because you have been saved; you are adopted into God’s family. Continue to keep the first thing first, salvation through the blood of our Lord Jesus. It may be easier not to be bothered by beggars, but it is better to share the greatness of God. It is better to do your duty to God, than to express your rights as a citizen, when it comes to serving Jesus! If the Lord is willing I’ll send and post the Feast again tomorrow
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Do We Choose Duty Over Our Rights?