Thursday, June 20, 2019

Acts 13-14~ Day 51~ It's necessary to go through hardships?

"Some Jews came from Antioch and Iconic, and when they won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, thinking he was dead." (14:19)

I've read this before, but it really hit hard this time!  Paul was stoned, nearly to death!!  When I was a  teenager, I saw a movie based in Biblical times.  I remember well, the scene of a lady getting stoned.  It made such an impression on me, I can picture the scene, vividly, of Paul being stoned!  Stone after stone, rapidly hitting their target, causing abrasions, blows that cause blunt trauma, blows that cause concussions, blows that cause loss of consciousness.  It's a scene that takes many men filled with a deadly goal.

Picture the anger in those men to do something like that!! They were filled with rage toward the words Paul spoke, "We are proclaiming good news to you, that you turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea and everything in them." (14:15)

This same message, "turn from worthless things to the living God", still gets people lividly angry!  Fortunately, we have laws to protect us from stoning, but this anger that people have is still real and present, displayed in angry faces at demonstrations and law suits meant to silence people with moral convictions.
What an example Paul is to us when we may experience that anger!! He did not "go underground", he did not go to another location, instead, to my surprise, "he got up and went into town" (vs. 20)  What?!?!  Then get this....He went back to the very towns the angry men came from-
Antioch and Iconium (vs. 21)  Unbelievable!!  Yes, Paul is very inspiring!

So,.....do you agree with Paul when he says, "It is necessary to go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God." (vs. 22)?  Do you think that statement is just for the "radical" Christians, like Paul, or every Christian? 

2 comments:

Damian Patrice Egan said...

Necessary, but painful:( I've been going through major hardships with my son for years. It never seems to let up or get easier. I am so thankful that I have God to get me through each day. I believe that God will bring good out of my situation one day:)

Walking with The Way said...

Knowing Romans 8:28, I am confident of that!!
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”