Saturday, January 21, 2012

Acts 3:22-26

Acts 3:22-26
In one case Moses said that the Lord your God will cause a prophet to stand up for you all out of your brothers as me.  Hear him according to all things – as much as he should call out to you all.  But in another case it will be all life that unless it should hear that prophet it will be utterly destroyed out of the people.  And also all the prophets from Samuel and the ones subsequently occurring, as much as they called out also they announced these days.  You all are the sons of the prophets and God arranged that covenant with your fathers while saying to Abraham ‘also in your seed all the families of the earth will be blessed.’  First to you all after God caused his child to stand up he sent him forth while praising you all in turning each away from your evil.”

Thoughts for Today:

First Thought:

Here is a great definition of a prophet: someone who brings a Word from God into your midst.

Who are the prophets in your life?  Do you listen to them often or do you do things your own way first and then listen to them should things go poorly?  How does this thought tie into being humble before God?

Second Thought:

Peter reminds us that those who do not listen to the prophets risk destruction.  This isn’t a scare tactic, this is history.  The people wandering through the wilderness didn’t listen to Moses and none of them (except Joshua and Caleb) got to enter the Promised Land.  The Hebrew people didn’t listen to the prophets once they were in the Promised Land and they got conquered by the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Islamic forces, and actually spend about 2,500 years without their own land to call “home.”  Even now, the land they can call home is still perpetually under threat.

Given that history, do you think people who don’t listen to God’s Word in their life (which is all of us from time to time) are being punished by God or are they reaping the natural consequences of their choices?

Third Thought:

Peter also talks about grace in this passage.  Peter says that the Jewish people should be blessed because in spite of all their prior times at refusing to listen to God, God still sent them the Messiah first.  God’s grace, love, forgiveness, and mercy do truly abound.

How lucky and blessed should we “Gentiles” be in that God gave us a Messiah at all?

Passage for Tomorrow: Acts 4:1-4
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