2019-10-4

Acts Chapter 25:1-27;  26:1-32

Do Me a Favor

When we use the phrase “Can you do me a favor”, we want to do a kind and helpful act for someone. It sometimes used in an ironic way when a person wants someone to do something that he or she should do anyway.
For example: Do me a favor and get home on time. (Merriam-Webster.com) If you are paying attention to the news, when President Trump asked the newly elected Ukraine’s President to do him a favor by investigating his political rival Joe Biden in order to dig out Joe Biden’s damaging material.
Democrats use this information to initiate an impeachment inquiry toward President Trump.
We know politicians have been trading favors for centuries in order to achieve their political and economic gains. This was exactly what Festus did to Paul.
He put Paul in jail and attempted to send him to Jerusalem for trial in order to please the Jews.
He even arranged a special hearing before King Agrippa. In Festus’s mind, it was a win-win situation.
First, the hearing would have assisted Festus to write an explicit report on the case when an appeal was made to Caesar.
Second, King Agrippa had been wishing to hear Paul.
On the other hand, God turned Paul’s ordeal into His favor. The exchanges between Paul and King Agrippa allowed the high-ranking officers and leaders hear the gospel.

Are we busy asking people or God favor?
Instead, the Bible tells us we could win both man and God’s favor by following these commands.
The Bible says: “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your hearts, for they prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:1-4                    —- Alan Yam

 

 

 

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