2019-9-23

Psalm 41 & Acts 13

Psalm 41:1-13

Praise be to the Lord. The poet encourages us to look upon His deliverance.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Paul responded this Psalm with his letters and his life. How about us?

Acts 13:1-52

Chapter 13 recorded the beginning of apostle Paul’s mission travels. Called by Spirit and supported by the church at Antioch, Paul and Barnabas started their journey of sharing the message of salvation, especially with Gentiles.

Paul’s message in the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch on that Sabbath day hit home hard for the Israelites as a turning point.
For the believing Jews, it was the good news with God’s promise since their forefathers’ time.
For the unbelieving Jews, it hardened their hearts with the results of jealousy and adversary.
In verse 46, Paul and Barnabas boldly answered that although God gave the Israelites His word first, they rejected it and also rejected the salvation; the opportunities now turn to the Gentiles.

Lord, thank you for giving the wild olive trees a chance.
Thank you for receiving us through the work of your beloved son.
May we all be reminded by this saving grace and lead our lives according to your words. Amen.           —- Ivy Lin

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