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October 22 - Evening

"Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them:
''My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death. The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people. For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain'

...They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus...for two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!"
- Acts 28:17-20, 23, 30-31

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Paul Meets with the Jews in Rome While Waiting for His Trial Before Nero    

Paul had written the Roman church a letter (book of Romans) while he was in Corinth in 57 AD right before he left Corinth for Jerusalem. Once he arrived in Jerusalem it was a matter of just a few days before Paul was arrested. Since then he had been in prison for three years. In today's passage Paul had arrived in Rome as a prisoner in 60 AD, three years after he wrote his great letter to the Romans. Now, if the church leaders want to meet with Paul, who had asked them in his letter to provide him financial support in order to travel further west to Spain, they will need to visit Paul while under house arrest. This is probably not the scenario Paul envisioned when he originally wrote his letter.

"I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the Lord’s people there." - Romans 15:24-25 in 57 AD

Three days after arriving in Rome as a prisoner under house arrest Paul called the Jewish leaders to meet with him in his house. Paul lived by himself while in Rome waiting for his trial date with Nero, although there was a Roman soldier guarding him 24/7 (Acts 28:16 and 30).

The first thing that Paul makes clear to these Jews (most of whom are probably not believers,…yet) is that he did nothing wrong in Jerusalem. He says he did not wrong the Jewish people and he did nothing wrong against the Law, he didn’t even violate the customs of the fathers:

“I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors.”

Paul goes on to tell these Jewish leaders in Rome that the Roman court in Caesarea found him innocent, but when the Jews demanded that he be brought back to Jerusalem to be tried before the Sanhedrin, Paul had to appeal to Caesar.

“I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar.”

Paul desired to be shipped to Rome, endure a ship wreck to face justice before the pagan Gentile Nero instead of go to Jerusalem, because he knew what would result if he appeared before the Sanhedrin. Before Paul was a believer he had helped set up cases for the Sanhedrin to try and execute those followers of “The Way.” (Remember Stephen’s trial? Acts 7:1-60)

Paul tells his new Jewish friends he did not intend to bring any charge against  the Jewish people. And, to explain this is why Paul wanted to meet with them. Paul has to do some explaining concerning his past before Paul will have a chance to minister to these Jews. Paul has several things going against him now that he did not have to deal with 3 years ago. One, he is a prisoner. Two, he is on trial for violations against the Jewish Law. Three, he is being accused by the leaders in Jerusalem, including the Jewish high priest! Four, Paul has a message that is contrary to what is normally taught in synagogues.

Sharing Gospel with Jews is difficult enough for Paul before he was a prisoner, arrested for Temple violations and wrapped up in a legal case with the Jewish high priest. Paul knows this and desires to smooth things over and provide some good explanation for his present situation.

It seems to have worked because the book of Acts ends with larger numbers of Jews coming to the residence where Paul was staying. Paul spoke “to them from morning till evening” (since he was under house arrest and could not go to work). This continued for two years. Paul stayed in his own house, and could not leave, but Roman Jews and Gentiles continually came to visit and listen to Paul explain the New Testament revelation by using Old Testament verses.

Luke’s account in Acts ends by saying,

“Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ – with all boldness and without hindrance!”

  Christian Quote from Church History

"A pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on
others and hard on himself."
– A.W. Tozer








Something to Ponder??
"All killing is not murder
any more than all sexual intercourse is adultery."
– C.S. Lewis
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Kephale (Gr) - Head (Eng) - the Greek word kephale means "the head," "top."
Kephale refers to anything supreme, chief, or prominent.


The ancient Akkadian account of Creation found in Ashurbanipal’s library in Nineveh parallels the Genesis acount of creation. It is hard to defend the concept that the Hebrew Scriptures copied the Akkadian document since the revisions are so extensive that it cannot even be referred to as borrowing. Instead it appears the Creation account and the Flood story where well known in the ancient world and each culture preserved the “facts” according to their perspective. Thus, this would tend to prove the historicity of Creation and the Flood, while also crediting the book of Genesis as being very unique with the appearance of firsthand information.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Sometimes things don't work out as planned, but that doesn't mean God's work will not be accomplished. Even if we fail, God can still accomplish his plan.
I will continue to follow God and watch God continue to work.
  "Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you."
- Proverbs 22:25-27
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) First Thessalonians 2 Matthew 18
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Fruitfulness in your personal ministry Humility among leaders National Debt Senegal - the 100,000 Talibes (tin-can boys) are children sent from home to study Qur'an, then sent to beg
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Elisha's Spring in Jericho
The water source in Jericho that is used to irrigate and make Jericho an oasis in the desert. It is called Elisha's Spring since it was in Jericho in this water that Elisha made the bitter water sweet in Second Kings 2:19-21.
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Details of the excavation at the Herodian.
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