Straight Talk from Paul

Day 22
Genesis 46-47, Psalms 21, Matthew 9:1-13, Acts 13:1-25
Day 23
Genesis 48, Psalms 22:1-11, Matthew 9:14-26, Acts 13:26-52

A weighty piece of evidence supporting the truth of the Bible is that it doesn’t mince words, although the picture it paints makes me uncomfortable at times. But today as I pondered the sermon Paul gave at a synagogue in Antioch, I admired his frequent references to the Hebrew scriptures. By citing these verses, Paul, through the Holy Spirit, declares that these ancient writings predict specific events surrounding the coming of Jesus, the Messiah.

Acts 13:33 cites Psalm 2:7.
God raised up Jesus, His begotten Son.

Acts 13:35-37 cites Psalm 16:10.
The body of Jesus, whom God raised from the dead, “did not undergo decay.”

Acts 33:40-41 cites Habakkuk 1:5.
Paul and the prophets of old warned the people to take notice of God’s unexpected work, which they would find unbelievable, even if someone described it to them.

Acts 33:47-48 cites Isaiah 42:6.
When the Jewish people in Antioch repudiated the word of God, Paul reminded them of God’s commandment to be “a light for the gentiles” to “bring salvation to the end of the earth.”

What happened then? The gentiles rejoiced that salvation included them, the word spread, Paul and Barnabas were driven out of the city, and “the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”

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