Acts 19:39 (KJV)
But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
The Roman system was ruthless in a lot of ways but also insistent upon law. Our own government is modeled much after that of old Rome.
Mind you, neither theirs nor ours is perfect. I think the U.S. government may be as ruthless as Rome ever was.
I am interested in the consistency I see. In Acts 18:13 (KJV)
Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
The Jew attempted to conflate their law with that…
2 Chronicles 33:10 (KJV)
And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
It seems to me that we live in a time very similar to that of Manasseh.
In some respects, we do worse than those places that have had little or no Christian influence. God speaks today, but so few hearken. There are multiple avenues with which to get the Word of God to people. …
Acts 17:2–3 (KJV)
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
I would like to entertain for a moment the consideration that there is a difference between reasoning out of the Scriptures and preaching.
Reasoning out of the Scriptures could be viewed as teaching, outlining, expounding, and expositing the Word of God.
2 Chronicles 29:6 (KJV)
For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.
2 Chronicles 28:1 (KJV)
Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:
Ahaz was arguably the most wicked of the kings of Judah, certainly among the most sinful. Interestingly his father, Jotham, was a good king, and so was his son, Hezekiah.
So, what happened?
I understand this is speculation, but it is supported in scripture. …
Acts 15:27 (KJV)
We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
The subject of the meeting at Jerusalem was critical. God had indeed opened the door of salvation to the Gentile people. Should they then be forced into subjection to the Jewish customs?
2 Chronicles 24:4 (KJV)
And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.
While the end of Joash is disappointing, his early reign is a blessing. About the time he was mature enough to make these sorts of decisions, he was minded to repair the house of the Lord.
Joash had lived hidden inside that house the first eight years of his life. During these years, Athaliah’s neglect of and hatred for that house resulted in that house being “broken up.”
Acts 14:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
This week an attempt to recall Governor Gavin Newsome of California failed. The man running against him was the well-known conservative, Larry Elder. In the weeks before this recall election, there were numerous “positives” and other sorts of episodes regarding Elder.
I saw where Paul Chappell “led him to the Lord.”
I question the sincerity of his conversion at such a moment in…
Acts 13:34–37 (KJV)
And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
2 Chronicles 17:3–4 (KJV)
And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
The Bible says GOD blessed Jehoshaphat because, among other things, he “walked not after the doings of Israel.”
That doesn’t mean he never made poor choices. Neither does it mean he didn’t pay for it whenever he did.