The deception of bad times…

Acts 21:26-36

Now when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” (For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut. Now as they were seeking to kill him, news came to the commander of the garrison that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. He immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. And when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.  Then the commander came near and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and he asked who he was and what he had done. And some among the multitude cried one thing and some another.

So when he could not ascertain the truth because of the tumult, he commanded him to be taken into the barracks.  When he reached the stairs, he had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob. For the multitude of the people followed after, crying out, “Away with him!”

 The prophecy of the  prophet Agabus is seen being fulfilled.  Even as Paul is complying with the demands  of his people, they turn on him with violence.  Violence begets violence it is said and the one who so violently opposed this new belief system is now the object of that same violence.  He once stood in the shoes of those now attacking him.  In all of this God’s work will continue to be done and the message of Christ’s gift of salvation is still spread to all.  Though it looks bad, it may be intended for good and that is something to keep in mind when we are tempted to complain during our times of stress or pain.  We continue to be found faithful, following the examples of those who have gone before us and God’s will is done.

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