A few mornings each week, I head to the gym and listen to a podcast while working out.
I totally underestimated how great an audio version of Acts would be! In the last chapter (28) of Acts, we find a unique account where Paul is trying to convince a group of Jews that the Gospel is truth. Verse 23 states that Paul spoke to them from morning until evening.
Paul tells boldly debates with the Jewish leaders, that the Gospel is not anti-law, nor anti-prophetic. He explains that Christ fulfilled all divine literary works given to the Jews. By verse 25, the Jews are split.
Some believe Paul and others deny what he is saying to be truth. It was time for Paul to make his final statement. What should Paul say to end his debate with these Jewish leaders? Using prophetic words that the Jews would be familiar with, Paul ends his address with the following:
“The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet: ‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.”‘ Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!“
Following the book of Acts, we read the Epistles and see that Paul’s final statements hold true. So, not only did Paul speak with boldness, addressing the Jewish leaders’ hard hearts. Not only does Paul use Old Testament Scripture that the leaders must accept. Soon after, lo and behold, his words end up being some-what prophetic as the church explodes. A truly amazing series of events!
What makes the book of Acts so exciting?
*Original content taken from QuietMorningsWithHim.com post by Jeremy Norton: Paul Speaks with Authority to a Jewish Audience – February 17th, 2010