Psalm 79 starts off by painting a picture. "
In verse 8 the psalmist asks God to
The psalmist then expresses his thankfulness in verse 13, "
In our NT passage Paul finds himself floating on planks of a boat. He eventually ends up on shore with some people who are very friendly and prepare a nice meal for him to eat, and provide a fire for warmth.
I wonder how their initial impression of Paul was as it didn't mention that, however, when a snake jumps up and chomps down on Paul's hand, the people on the land thought Paul was a murderer and that justice was taking place. When Paul was able to continue with no ill effects, these superstitious people change their opinions about Paul and decided that he must be a really good person - perhaps even a god.
This made me wonder how often do I make incorrect assumptions of people before really knowing who they are?
the Jewish leadership had not received any letters from accusers that preceded him. At this, Paul recognized his opportunity once again and wasted no time in sharing the story of salvation. After Paul spoke to them, some believed and some did not, which caused some disagreements among them. T
Paul knew that sharing God's plan of salvation would put his life at risk. He also knew that many would not believe him. Two strong reasons for him not wanting to do this, but that didn't stop him.
What an example he is to me in the fact that despite the fact that many do have closed ears, many others will hear and accept Christ. This is something we are all called to do, and I pray that I will be obedient as Paul in stepping up, and being bold for Christ!