Monday, 23 June 2014
Paul and Silas -- Acts 15:36-17:15
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Since winter travel was hazardous, Paul and Barnabas spent a few months after the Jerusalem council teaching and preaching in Antioch.  But others in the church could fill that role; Paul and Barnabas were called to spread the gospel elsewhere.  When spring brought calm seas, it was time for another mission.  Read Acts 15:36-17:15 prayerfully, asking yourself how you would have responded to various circumstances if you had been in Paul's place. 

Acts 15:36-41

36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are." 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

Acts 16

1 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbersdaily.

The Macedonian Call

6 And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 8 So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10 And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

The Conversion of Lydia

11 So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15 And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." And she prevailed upon us.

Paul and Silas in Prison

16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit ofdivination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and us,crying out, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation." 18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." Andit came out that very hour. 19 But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. 20 And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, "These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. 21 They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice." 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24 Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Converted

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." 29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31 And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God. 35 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, "Let those men go." 36 And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace." 37 But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out." 38 The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39 So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. 40 So they went out of the prison and visited Lydia. And when they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.

Acts 17:1-15

1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ." 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5 But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. 6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7 and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus." 8 And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. 9 And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Paul and Silas in Berea

10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds.14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

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Posted on 06/23/2014 8:35 AM by Larry G
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Sunday, 22 June 2014
Building the Church and Spreading the Gospel
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What one insight from Acts 14:1-15:35 seems most relevant to you?  How can you apply this insight through prayer and/or action?

The one thing that suddenly struck me was the servant attitude of everyone concerned.  Paul and Barnabas set the example; they were encouraging to the people whom they gave the good news to.  The leaders in Jerusalem also set a good example for all to follow.  The issue never became one of winning or losing, it was always about what was good for spreading the Gospel and the building of the Church.

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Posted on 06/22/2014 8:28 AM by Larry G
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Saturday, 21 June 2014
God's willingness to wrestle with us
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What does God's willingness to wrestle with Jacob tell you about Him?  Is He also willing to wrestle with us? 

He is willing to let us come to Him; to question Him when we are unsure of what is going on around us.  We can approach Him; and it is interesting that each of us, just like Jacob, sets our own conditions that He must meet for us to accept or trust Him.  It is amazing that Jacob's audacity is OUR audacity.  He tells us to come to Him with all of our cares, all of our anxieties and let Him have them, because…..He cares for US.  It's a wonder! He's handling everything; just be still and watch.   Why would He do that?  I guess….BECAUSE THAT'S HOW HE IS.  

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Posted on 06/21/2014 10:25 AM by Larry G
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Saturday, 21 June 2014
Lessons from the Jerusalem Council
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What are the most important lessons the Jerusalem council's decision can teach us?

First, they welcomed the brothers who had an issue.  They let them speak and present their case openly; they also let other points of view be expressed.  They also took care to evaluate all points of views from the perspective of first what the actual evidence was and SECOND THEY EVALUATED THAT EVIDENCE IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT THEY KNEW THE SCRIPTURE SAID.  Last, they let the Holy Spirit, the Ruach haKodesh, lead them into the truth of the situation and toward the right decision, which ultimately united both the Gentile and Jewish believers.

 

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Posted on 06/21/2014 8:25 AM by Larry G
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Friday, 20 June 2014
Israel -- A man who struggles with God
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How had he also been Israel, a man who struggled with God?

Genesis 27:35 He took things into his owns hands and plotted to get his brother's birthright.

Genesis 28:16-22 He has the audacity to set conditions that the God of Abraham and Isaac, must meet before he, Jacob, will accept Him as his God.

Genesis 30:37-43 To increase his own wealth he does what God shows him in a dream.  But somehow, one gets the idea from reading this passage that Jacob in implementing his breeding plan, doesn't realize that he is being inspired or led by the God of Abraham and Isaac, the ONE who has promised to watch over him.

Genesis 31:3, 10-13 He goes back to Canaan when God tells him to go, even though he greatly fears his brother Esau.  He decides to obey.

Genesis 32:9-21 He remembers what God has promised and again, has the audacity to remind the LORD of His promises.  But Jacob comes to the realization that he has received everything from the LORD; and he hasn't deserved any of it.  But he goes to the One who has always watched over him and asks for deliverance from his brother.  It's interesting that after he makes this request of the LORD, the One who has never failed him, he still makes his own plans for the impending meeting with Esau.

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Posted on 06/20/2014 10:21 AM by Larry G
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Friday, 20 June 2014
What about eating "blood" sausage?
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Is eating blood still wrong (such as in sausage, rare meat, or strangled poultry)?  (See Romans 14:1-4, 13-23.)

Strictly speaking according to what Paul says-no.  The Kingdom of God is not about eating or drinking but about righteousness.  Jesus also said that it isn't what one eats that makes one unclean but rather what comes out of his heart, out of his mouth, that makes one unclean.  However, if the situation involves eating something like blood sausage, road kill, etc, which would offend someone who is with us, another believer, we shouldn't do it.  Health reasons might also prevent us from doing these things, but otherwise, eating these items in itself does not make one unclean.

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Posted on 06/20/2014 8:21 AM by Larry G
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Thursday, 19 June 2014
Jacob -- One who holds on tenaciously despite Adversity
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Jacob's name means "heel grasper," "deceiver," "supplanter," and "one who holds on tenaciously, despite adversity."  How had the heel-grasper struggled with men and overcome (Genesis 32:28)?   (Consider Genesis 25:19-32:21)

  • He was not his father's favorite
  • When he was young, his father lived among the hostile Philistines
  • He lived in the middle of a father versus mother conflict
  • He had a brother who wanted to kill him
  • He had a conniving, dishonest, violent and dangerous father-in-law
  • He had two jealous wives and two concubines
  • He had children from four different women
  • He had jealous, dangerous and violent brother-in-laws

The mere fact that he remained alive throughout all of this, and became rich and prosperous, shows that he had, generally speaking, landed on his feet, IN SPITE OF HIMSELF.

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Posted on 06/19/2014 10:17 AM by Larry G
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Thursday, 19 June 2014
The Necessities of Salvation and a Servant Attitude
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According to the council, what is necessary for salvation (Acts 15:9-11)?  What isn't necessary?

We are saved by the "grace of our Lord Jesus".  The only part we play in this is to place our faith/trust in what He did.  Anything else just makes it difficult for people to turn to God, (Acts 15:19 "It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.), any additions become superfluous, if not actually harmful.

If keeping the Law was not necessary for salvation, why did even Paul agree that the Gentiles should obey the rules of 15:20? (See Romans 14:1-4, 13-23; 1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1.)

Paul is actually very aware of the things that can prevent people from uniting.  He is aware of the sensibilities of all people, in particular those of the Jews in comparison to those of the Gentiles.  He is concerned with building the Church and the only way that the Church, which is made up of people can be built up by each other, is if everyone is concerned about the other person.  We cannot be servants, if we are unconcerned about how the other person thinks or feels about things.  We must be empathic with our brothers and sisters.  The goal is to further the gospel, to bring people to salvation in Jesus and finally to build one another up.  This is huge!

Romans 14:1-4, 13-23

1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2 One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand…..13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1

2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God……6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 7 But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled…..9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak….11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall….11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? 12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ……19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings…..6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry." 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did-and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test the Lord, as some of them did-and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did-and were killed by the destroying angel. 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!..... 15 I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say……18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? 19 Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons……23 "Everything is permissible"-but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"-but not everything is constructive. 24 Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others……28 But if anyone says to you, "This has been offered in sacrifice," then do not eat it, both for the sake of the man who told you and for conscience' sake-29 the other man's conscience, I mean, not yours. For why should my freedom be judged by another's conscience? 30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God-33 even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved…..1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

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Posted on 06/19/2014 8:15 AM by Larry G
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Jacob experiences God
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On the eve of a dreaded meeting with his brother, Jacob had another strange experience with God (Genesis 32:22-32).

Genesis 32:22-32

Jacob Wrestles with God

22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, "Let me go, for the day has broken." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." 27 And he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." 28 Then he said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed." 29 Then Jacob asked him, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered." 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob's hip on the sinew of the thigh.

Consider this amazing fact about God: He lets people approach Him; He lets them question Him; He puts up with their not trusting Him; and He literally lets them grapple with Him concerning what is going on in their lives.  He is not unapproachable, unconcerned or uncaring.  In this passage Jacob--Experiences God--and he finally comes to grip with this.  God is there and He is letting me approach Him; He wants me to come to Him!

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Posted on 06/18/2014 10:10 AM by Larry G
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Superfluous Requirements Nobody can keep
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Why do you think it was so important for the Church that Gentiles not be required to keep the Jewish Law (15:9-11, 19)?

Acts 15:9-11, 19

9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."……… 19 "It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.

The bottom line was or is that we aren't saved because of anything that we do, because we eat the right way, dress the right way, observe the right rituals or become circumcised.  We are saved because of what God did, what Jesus the Messiah did.  We are saved by trusting or believing in what God did.  Putting the requirement of keeping the Law on the new Gentile believers would have been a step backwards, putting additional requirements, which nobody has been able to keep anyway, on the Gospel.  The focus would once again become salvation by works instead of grace.

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Posted on 06/18/2014 8:11 AM by Larry G
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Jacob starts to Trust God
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What can we say about Jacob's faith or trust in God in these passages?

Genesis 32:1-21

1 Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2 And when Jacob saw them he said, "This is God's camp!" So he called the name of that place Mahanaim. 3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, 4 instructing them, "Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, 'I have sojourned with Laban and stayed until now. 5 I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.'" 6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him." 7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps, 8 thinking, "If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape." 9 And Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, 'Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,' 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. 11 Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. 12 But you said, 'I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'" 13 So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty milking camels and their calves, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16 These he handed over to his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, "Pass on ahead of me and put a space between drove and drove." 17 He instructed the first, "When Esau my brother meets you and asks you, 'To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these ahead of you?' 18 then you shall say, 'They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a present sent to my lord Esau. And moreover, he is behind us.'" 19 He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, "You shall say the same thing to Esau when you find him,20 and you shall say, 'Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.'" For he thought, "I may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me." 21 So the present passed on ahead of him, and he himself stayed that night in the camp.

32:1-2 -- He is surprised when the angels of the Lord meet him at Mahanaim.  It's almost like he says "WOW, HERE'S GOD!"

32:3-8 At this point Jacob has forgotten what has happened with Laban and he starts making his own plans to meet his brother Esau; it is almost as if, he has forgotten God is in the picture at this point.

32:9-12 Jacob now remembers what God has promised him and he, Jacob, reminds God of His promises to protect and prosper him.  Jacob is really afraid and he also realizes that as a man before God, he is nothing; he is undeserving of anything that the LORD has done for him; he has no right to ask the LORD for anything.  But now Jacob realizes that there is no one who can protect him except the God of Abraham and Isaac; and he begs the LORD to protect him from Esau.

32:13-21 At this point, Jacob lapses into unbelief and once again, starts making his own plans, for what he perceives is an impending disastrous meeting with his brother Esau.

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Posted on 06/17/2014 10:02 AM by Larry G
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014
James changes his mind about gentiles
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James was by now a leader of the Jerusalem congregation and known for his conservative Jewish practice (Galatians 2:11-12).  What convinced James that Paul was right about the Gentiles and the Law (Acts 15:13-19)?

Galatians 2:11-12

11 When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. 12 Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.

Acts 15:13-19

13 When they finished, James23 spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me. 14 Simona has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.24 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: 16 " After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, 17 that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things'b25 18 that have been known for ages.c26 19 "It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.

Apparently, James who had a high regard for Peter, needed to have the background or context of what Peter had done regarding Cornelius to understand the significance of what had been done by the Antiochene believers, specifically Paul and Barnabas.  Once He connected the two series of events, he was able to connect them to what was written in the scriptures.

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Posted on 06/17/2014 8:08 AM by Larry G
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