1 Chronicles 11: 1—12: 18

Aaahhhh, I see why people complain that this book white washes history.  The story of David coming to the throne seems to be missing a guy named Abner who decided he was king, not David.  This story makes it sound like Saul died, and everyone looked for David and then they all held hands and sang kumbaya.  Which, if we remember did not happen.  There was divided loyalties and unrest until everyone got on God’s page.  But we can forgive this because again, it’s not like the details are not recorded, they are just not recorded in this book.  This book is focusing on the Davidic line, not the narrative.  We do get to see David’s devotion to God in the worship of Him by the pouring out of the water.  This is beautiful because not only is David’ s heart posture worship of God, but he led his men in the same kind of worship. 

Acts 28: 1-31

We finish the book of Acts today, with a snake bit and a final “Gospel progress report.”

These people did not know Paul, so God used the snake bit to challenge their thinking.  Because he did not die, they assumed he was a god because we humans have to try to make sense of things.  Paul then goes on to minster to the island by healing the sick.  Remember faith healed people as Jesus taught us, so obviously Paul was sharing the Gospel with them as well.

Paul finally makes it to Rome and believers meet him at the Forum.  What this means friends is that the Gospel has reached beyond Jerusalem just like Jesus said it would all the way back in verse 1: 8, check it out: 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.[1]

With this final progress report that Luke gives us today we know that the Gospel is well on its way to the ends of the Earth because Rome is essentially the cultural mecca of the time.  And the book ends with this:

He welcomed all who visited him, 31 boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him. [2]

He lived through all that persecution and suffering and now, no one tried to stop him.  That is the power of Jesus right there.

Psalm 9: 1-12

Proverbs 19: 1-3 

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013. Print.

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013. Print.

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