READ: Acts 1:6-8
- Israel clearly understood one thing: God was going to restore His Kingdom. They clearly misunderstood one thing: it wasn’t going to be like it was in the past. It had been nearly 100 years since Israel had been occupied by Rome. It had been nearly 200 years since Israel won its temporary independence via the Maccabean revolt. It had been nearly 600 years since Israel had been released from Babylonian captivity.
- But, they had not forgotten. They still believed it was God’s plan to return them to days of glory with a king on the throne. They fully expected that the times like that of David were in their future. Jesus doesn’t completely refute that nor explain it. He simply says it’s not for man to know those things.
- However, implicit is His promise to them about being witnesses and inherent in what we see unfold in Acts, it becomes clear that this wasn’t about a physical kingdom. God was indeed reestablishing His Kingdom with a King. The King would be the resurrected/ascended Jesus and the Kingdom would consist of those who submit to His Lordship. Churches, local congregations, would become the manifestations of the Kingdom on earth.
- Describe a time when you felt you understood what God was planning and discovered you were wrong.
- Why do we find it so hard to be open to God doing things differently than we might have imagined?
- What can we do to be open to what God is up to?
PRAY: Thank God for His plans and promises. Pray for openness to what He’s doing in your life. Commit to being attentive to Him.