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Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Tuesday     February 16, 2010    Acts 25-26 and Proverbs 12:1-14

Acts 26:27

King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do."

For me, our reading today magnifies Paul’s commitment to share the gospel of Jesus Christ wherever and whenever he could. He has already been in jail for two years because the Roman leaders could not figure out how to deal with Paul justly and not offend the Jews who wanted to have Paul put to death. In chapters 25 and 26 there are two new Roman leaders given the opportunity to question Paul. Acts 26:27 is near the end of Paul’s “defense” before King Agrippa. The whole reason for this gathering – and it appears to have been quite a gathering with all kinds of pomp and dignitaries present – was for Paul to have an opportunity to show why he was not guilty of any of the charges that had been brought against him. Read through the chapter again and see how many times Paul addresses King Agrippa. Paul saw this moment as his opportunity to preach the gospel and see the king become a born again believer. The bottom line for Paul was, King Agrippa do you believe the prophets? . . . King Agrippa understood the question. He knew that Paul was asking him if he was ready to become a Christian. . .

I find the setting fascinating. King Agrippa’s full title was King Herod Agrippa II. You will notice in reading the New Testament that King Herod is mentioned several times, however, that is a title that was applied to several different men. King Herod was the title that had been passed down through the generations of a family – and Herod Agrippa II was the last of these men. The first Herod we read about is Herod the Great. He was the man who had the babies killed when he heard that Jesus had been born to be the king of the Jews. Herod the Great was great grandfather to Herod Agrippa II. Herod the Great was succeeded by Herod Antipas, and uncle to Herod Agrippa II. Antipas was the man who had John the Baptist beheaded. When Herod Antipas passed from the scene, Herod Agrippa I took office. He dealt with Jesus and his followers by having James executed, and planned on killing Peter the next day. Everyone of these men who bore the title of Herod had been involved in some way with the life and ministry of Jesus in a negative way. They all experienced death shortly thereafter. Herod Agrippa II now sits before the apostle Paul – with his sister Bernice, who has also become his lover . . . what does Paul see? An opportunity to preach about the grace of Jesus Christ to save sinners. Paul talked about how he too had been convinced that the only proper thing to do with people who believed in Jesus as the Messiah was to put them to death – and that was what he was doing when he met Jesus “face to face”, and his whole life was changed. It is almost like he is saying King Agrippa, I know that your great grandpa, your uncle and your dad opposed Jesus and committed murders because of him . . . I want you to know that I was once on their side of the fence and thought I was doing the right thing, but then I met Jesus and he showed me the truth. I came to understand that he rose from the dead with the power to forgive us for our sins and to change our lives!

Festus said Paul, you are crazy – you are a nut case! Agrippa was convicted. He was not able to say to Paul, yes I believe. But he went from that place with the truth that Jesus Christ did rise from the dead with power to save sinners and transform their lives ringing in his heart. . . .

Paul’s passion is stated in verse 29 – I pray that all who hear me become Christians! Oh that each one of us would be consumed with that same passion!

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Tuesday      February 16, 2010   Acts 25-26 and Proverbs 12:1-14

Wednesday February 17, 2010   Acts 27-28 and Proverbs 12:15-28

Thursday     February 18, 2010   Leviticus 1-2 and Proverbs 13

Friday          February 19, 2010   Leviticus 3-4 and Prov. 14:1-18

Saturday      February 20, 2010   Leviticus 5-6 and Prov. 14:19-35


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