Blood on the hands of two sister Churches
Acts 21:35,36 -
And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people. For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.
We are well aware of the conspiracy by the High Priest of the Jewish Church which led to Jesus being crucified on the cross for saying He is the Son of God.
Today the Lord wants to bring to our minds the ordeal which Paul when through at the hands of the same Jewish Church because of the statement which he made about the resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked for judgment.
Paul spend years in prison being saved many a times, testifying all along from Jerusalem unto Rome that Jesus is alive.
In today's time things have not changed much since Paul, we may not be scourged physically but mentally and spiritually we are not spared. More than the gentiles we have our own Christian Church whom, like Paul we too can call 'white washed walls' doing more harm to the Saints of God.
Paul never feared the gentiles but had great concern with the Jews. Most believing Churches today face ordeal not from the non-believers but due to situations caused by one so called Christian Church, they go through rough situations. This Church talks about peace with man and stops man from witnessing for God. They take the name of Jesus but prevent people from doing what Jesus commanded us to do. Like the Jewish Church they are blinded by the Book not understanding a word of It.
Are we going to be like Paul who spoke the truth without fear or are we going to be suppressed by this Church for fear of being excommunicated or put out of society?
Are we going to fear God more or man?
At the end we all will stand before the Judgment throne to be judged, and then no one other than Christ will be able to save us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, You were persecuted by people who called themselves followers of Jehovah not knowing that it was You Jehovah the great I AM who came as man. It was You Who spoke to Abraham, Moses and others; along with the Holy Spirit, You have been instrument in walking man through the journey of life preparing man to come before our Heavenly Father.
Lord, today like You we too face the same situation by your Spirit strengthen us to stand by the Truth not fearing any man or any circumstances. We will follow the Rider on the White Horse called the Word of God. We are the Army of God, the Soldiers of God...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.
3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?
13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.
6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.
7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.
10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.
11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.
13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.
14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.
18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.
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