Warnings of yesterday warn us today also

Acts Bible Background

07.30.2017 – New Testament: Acts 28.25

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 28.16–31 on July 30, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Paul taught many Jews one day for a whole day and evening. However, they disputed among themselves as to whether Jesus was the Messiah and whether the church was the promised kingdom. Therefore, Paul began a warning to them, saying this before he quoted Isaiah,

So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers…” (Acts 28.25). 

The Holy Spirit used Isaiah to speak to the generation of Isaiah, but Paul used that same warning to apply it to the Jews living there in Rome during the first century.

Often we completely dismiss the Hebrew Bible, better known as the Old Testament, but when we do so, we cut ourselves off from the word of God, which the Holy Spirit wants us to hear even today!

Questions:

  • Do you read the Old Testament?
  • Do you know how to determine what was strictly for the Jews and what applies to all nations?

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