Today’s passage: Acts 21:37-22:21
- The fact that Paul could speak Greek and Hebrew, that he knew the laws of Rome and Israel would have been startling to these guards and perhaps even the crowd. His demeanor commanded respect. How we act and how we treat others even when they are mistreating us matters.
- When Paul had this opportunity to speak to all these people, he simply shared his testimony.
- Paul seemed certain that God could use him best in Jerusalem. He wanted to be a missionary to the Jews. God had other plans.
Questions to consider:
- What made this crowd get so riled up that the Roman soldier thought Paul was a famous criminal? What was Paul’s “crime?”
- How did Paul conduct himself in this frightening and difficult situation? What are some ways he could have chosen to respond? How could Paul’s response give us wisdom for today?
- Paul’s testimony was completely true…and Jesus really is the Son of God…and Paul really did lead many Gentiles to the Lord, but how do you think this crowd of Jewish people is going to respond? Why? Why do people often accept or reject the gospel message?