Bible Reading and Commentary November 30 – December 5, 2015
Bible Reading and Commentary
November 30 – December 5, 2015
Monday, November 30, Acts 25
Vv. 9-11 — Paul realized that he was being used as a political pawn. Therefore, he appealed to Caesar, the Roman Emperor. Today that would be taking your case to the Supreme Court. By Roman law, such an appeal had to be upheld and was irreversible.
v. 12 — Why Paul appealed to Caesar, the Roman Emperor, was because his trial in Caesarea was unjust. Politics and greed kept those Roman governors from freeing Paul. God used this evil for His purpose. Through Paul’s imprisonment, God’s Word reached many men of high position in government who otherwise would not have bothered to listen to it or brushed aside Christianity as an insignificant religion in their empire.
Tuesday, December 1, Acts 26
Vv. 28-29 — Did King Agrippa and Bernice become Christians? Paul sowed the seed. Paul wasn’t impatient. Neither should we be. God promises His Word will not return empty. (Is. 55:11) For us, Judgment Day, I’m sure, will reveal many surprises. At the same time, we need to remind those who want to put off listening to God’s Word that there may not be a tomorrow in their lives.
Wednesday, December 2, Acts 27
Vv. 22-24 — Why don’t we today have direct, personal contact with God as Paul was given? We really don’t need it. We have God’s promises in His Word that He’ll never leave us nor forsake us and He’ll make all things work out for our good. All we need to know about the future here and in the life to come is discussed in the book of Revelation. The most important truth of eternal salvation is clearly set forth in God’s Word. Read again John 3:16.
Thursday, December 3, Acts 28:1-16
v. 11 — In Greek Mythology, Castor and Pollux were the twin sons of Zeus and Leda. We would think that the sailors, rescued by the God of Scripture, no longer would be impressed by their heathen gods. How many were saved? Someday in heaven we’ll find out. In the three months Paul was there, he probably had many opportunities to proclaim to the people on the island of Malta what he wrote in Rom. 1:16: I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Friday, December 4, Acts 28:17-31
v. 28 — The book of Acts ends on a positive note. What St. Luke wrote over 2,000 years ago is still true today. Thousands of miles from where these words were written, in a land which at that time was still to be discovered, today, from our country, we preach and beam the Gospel to Gentiles all over the world. It is truly amazing grace!
Vv. 30-31 — Why had God spared Paul and brought him as prisoner to Rome? For 2 years he was under house arrest. Yet he was able to preach the Gospel without interference. During that time, he also wrote Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, and possibly Ephesians. The result of his trial was that he was acquitted. Read II timothy 4:17, 18.
Saturday, December 5, Psalm 24
Psalm 24 is a Messianic Psalm. In it, David reminds us that Jesus is our creator. Let’s welcome him into our hearts as we listen to His life-giving Word every Sunday.