Week 42   Day 6


Just as we thank our veterans

            for paying the price

            on the battlefield

for our democratic freedoms


So we can thank the apostle Paul

            for paying with his life

            the price of freedom

for non-Jewish believers


We say that Jesus paid the price

            for our freedom

            from sin 


            that our salvation

            is God's gift 


These things are true 

But if those around us don't permit it 

            than I am not treated as free

            and my salvation is not recognized as valid


Paul and others with him 

            led the argument 

            and fought with their lives 

to win acceptance into the Christian church

            for all whom

            tradition did not allow


In our day those within the Church

            take all this for granted

and there are new traditions

and new battles needing to be fought.




                                         PAUL'S ARREST

    A plan to appease did not succeed; rioters won the day.

                                             Acts 21 & 23


    17The brethren at Jerusalem received us gladly.  18The next

day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present. 

19When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which

God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.  20When

they heard it, they glorified the Lord. 

    They said to him, "You see, brother, how many myriads of

Jews have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; 21but

they have been informed about you that you teach the Jews who

are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought

not to circumcise their children.  22What then?  The assembly

must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. 

23Therefore do what we tell you:  We have four men who have

taken a vow.  24Be purified with them, and pay their expenses

so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know those

things concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also

walk orderly and keep the law.  25Concerning the Gentiles

who believe, we have written and decided that they should

observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves

from things offered to idols and from sexual immorality."

    26Then Paul took the men, and having been purified with

them, entered the temple.  27When the seven days were almost

ended, the Jews from Asia stirred up the whole crowd and laid

hands on him, 28crying out, "Help!  This is the man who teaches

all men everywhere against the law and this place; he also

brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place."

    30All the city was disturbed; the people seized Paul and

dragged him out of the temple, and immediately shut the doors. 

31As they were seeking to kill him, news came to the commander

of the garrison that Jerusalem was in an uproar.  32He took

soldiers and ran down to them.  When they saw the commander

and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.  33The commander

came near and took him to be bound with two chains; and he

asked who he was and what he had done.  34Some among the

multitude cried one thing and some another.

    He could not ascertain the truth because of the tumult, and

commanded him to be taken into the barracks.  35When he

reached the stairs, Paul had to be carried because of the violence

of  the mob.  11The following night the Lord stood by him and

said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; as you have testified for Me in
Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome."
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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