Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 23:12-35 Misplaced, Right Place, Remembering Agabus

on July 28, 2012

Misplaced Commitment.  Acts 23:12-15.  More than 40 Jews made a vow not to eat or drink until Paul was killed.  They came up with a conspiracy.  Their commitment seems noble–trying to protect the Law.  Their commitment is sacrificial–no food or drink.  Their commitment was united–strictly bound together.  These are all good qualities of a commitment, but they are placed in a man-made goal that is in opposition to God’s plan.  Even those most committed to a cause are sure to fail when they go up against the Sovereign, Almighty God.

Right Place at the Right Time. Acts 23:16-22.  Paul’s nephew–a young man– overheard the plot on Paul’s life.  God placed him in the right place at the right time and gave him boldness and favor with the tribune.  God can use anyone who is available to accomplish His plans–even young people!

Remembering Agabus. Acts 23:23-35.  In Acts 21:10-11 when Paul was departing for Jerusalem, a prophet named Agabus came on the scene.  He promised that Paul would be bound and delivered into the hands of the Gentiles.  The prayer that followed in verse 14 was, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”  Due to the conspiracy being exposed, Paul was swiftly and safely escorted out of Jerusalem and “delivered” to the Roman governor Felix to be guarded in Herod’s praetorium.  Even being bound and confined, Paul was in the Lord’s will.  There is no better place to be than in the Lord’s will although it may not look the way we think it should.

The one thing that I am taking away from this chapter is that God-ordained predicaments will always have a God-ordained rescue!

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