Saturday, 24 December 2011

Acts 28

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar - not that I had any charge to bring against my own people.

Paul appeals to the secular authorities. There are times to accept injustice and times to appeal the justice system of the land. We need God's wisdom to know when to do which.

Susan said...

V.30-31 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Another "two whole years" plus the two years in 24:27. So since 21:13 it could well be 5 years since he left Macedonia. God is never in a hurry to complete his work and in the meantime Paul gets to preach without hindrance.

Susan said...

v.21 They replied, "We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of our people who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you."

This is odd. The Jews in Judea have not passed on their complaints to the Jews in Rome. The problem really was with the Jews from Asia (24:19).

Sometimes very loud minorities can cause heaps of problems because they draw others into the conflict. We need to be careful not to be drawn into unnecessary conflicts.

Susan said...

v.4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.”

(From Constable’s Commentary) "These people thought that calamity was proof of guilt, poor philosophy and worse theology."

Susan said...

v.11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.

It is odd that Luke mentions this. Perhaps it contrasted Paul’s trust in God with the sailors trust in pagan gods.

Susan said...

v.14 And so we came to Rome

At this time Rome was consider the ‘centre’ of the world.

Susan said...

v. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!

Acts covers about 30 years from Pentecost to about AD 62. It is felt that after this, Paul was released from imprisonment and ministered for about another five years before his second imprisonment which led to his martyrdom. Support for two imprisonments come from 2 Timothy 4:20 (Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus). As the only time this could have happened was after the book of Acts was completed.