READ: Acts 28:17-31
- After finally arriving in Rome, Paul learned that the Jews who had been his nemeses throughout the journey were not been there, nor were their accusations against him known. The crowd was not predisposed to ignore or reject his message. He spoke to a large number of Jews in his apartment. The text specifically says that he testified to the Kingdom of God and tried to persuade them that Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promises.
- Some believed his message; others did not. What he shared about Jesus from the law and prophets was persuasive enough to convince some of them that Jesus was the Messiah. Others, refused to believe. And the two sides clashed; they argued with each other about the truthfulness of Paul’s message. So much so there was a disruption going on.
- Paul reached back to Isaiah 6 (the Greek version, the Septuagint). From there, he cites Isaiah’s denunciation. Because they refuse to hear, God refuses them ears that could hear. Their obstinance would cost them a place in God’s future kingdom. It appears they refused to believe. They rejected the evidence and thus rejected God who gave the evidence. Following Israel’s rejection, the Gentiles will respond with faith in Jesus.
- Reflect on a time when you refused to believe something God said.
- Why do you suppose these people found it hard to believe God promised Jesus life from the dead?
- What are the issues that keep most from believing today?
PRAY: Pray for a heart open to what God is saying. Commit to being an open listener to God’s message. Ask God to help us create a climate of openness before Him.