Acts 18:2 Divine Appointments

Acts 18:2 (KJV)
And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.

I heard someone say recently that had, Jesus entered this world 100 years earlier or 100 years later, He would not have been able to impact the world so broadly as He did. Of course we understand this to mean humanly speaking. He is God and could have determined His own circumstances for impact. Fact was the world in Israel was perfectly tuned for the spread of the Gospel as it did under Christ and His Apostles. There are no coincidences with God. Jesus came at the time appointed of His Father.

Such appointments are manifested repeatedly in the Word of God. Paul, after a discouraging visit in Athens, just happened to find in Corinth a certain Jew named Aquila.

  • Who happened to be of the same craft
  • Who happened to be sympathetic to the Gospel
  • Who happened to be of such character to become devoted
  • Who happened to be skilled in expounding what Paul taught and
  • Who happened to become an important part of Paul’s life’s work

I like to describe God as the orchestrator. He orchestrates characters. times and events for His glory and purpose.

What a wonder it is to be one of those instruments in His orchestra.

 

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Acts 18:2 Divine Appointments

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Acts 17:4 Not A Few, But Not Enough

Acts 17:4 (KJV)
And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

I am intrigued by these terms, “a great multitude” and “not a few.” Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica had been successful. Not a few had believed the message and trusted Christ.

  • Not a few but
  • Not enough

Not enough to sway the Jews toward Conversion. Not enough to prevent lewd fellows from assaulting Jason. Not enough to keep the city from an uproar and not enough to provide Paul a welcome to stay and continue preaching. Not a few but not enough.

No matter how successful a ministry is it is petty (speaking of numbers) in comparison to those who disagree with it. My father in law used to speak of big fish in a small pond. The largest and most influential ministries are only that in the eyes of others with smaller ministries. They may puff out their chests as if they have been blessed more greatly than some others but, in the eyes of the world, they are little and despised.

It leads me to think this; we will never be so successful as to appear successful in the eyes of the world. We will never have seen enough saved as to turn the course of humanity in our own power. These are things only God can do and we must therefore remain in humble trust upon Him.

 

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Acts 14:27 This Is God’s Will

Acts 14:27 (KJV)
And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

God had “opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.” It is such a simple statement but one that stirred up controversy to this day.

We will see in the very next chapter the initial stirrings of that controversy. We will also see the answer to that controversy. Almost the whole of the rest of the Bible, however, will bear the undercurrent of those unhappy with that answer.

  • Doesn’t matter who settles it
  • Doesn’t matter how reasonable the settlement
  • Doesn’t matter how well it is represented

There will always be those who cannot be happy with those answers. They will rebel, they will sow discord where they may and they will seek to turn others in their direction.

Paul would be imprisoned and ultimately executed for this answer. God’s plan, His election, His predetermined counsel was that men of all races be saved by grace through faith, and that they unite as one body in a local church.

People argue and fuss and contend with it.  This is nevertheless God’s will.

 

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Acts 13:34 Sure Mercy

Acts 13:34 (KJV)
And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

It seems to me that David had a hand on mercy unlike any other man. David, the writer of the majority of the book of Psalms, speaks of mercy one hundred times and mercies another seventeen times. Psalm 118 is one of the most profound on the subject,

Psalms 118:1-29
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.
The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

God’s mercies are sure. They are renewed every morning and they endure forever.

 

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Acts 11:17 “Of The Circumcision”

Acts 11:17 (KJV)
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

Notice that Acts 11:2 identifies very early a particular mentality among some of the believers calling them, “they that were of the circumcision.” As far as I know all of these believers would have been Jewish by blood. Some of them hadn’t gotten over it. In effect they withstood God by insisting on maintaining their Jewishness.

Peter recounts the story of Cornelius to the believers in Jerusalem, including those who were still “of the circumcision,” and claims that, to do otherwise than renounce his Jewish expectations and embrace fellowship with these Gentiles, would be to withstand God.

Seems to me we have a fresh wave of those that are “of the circumcision” these days. Having been made free of such expectations, they that be of the circumcision whether Jew or Gentile by birth, chain themselves voluntarily to those same Old Testament rules that bound the Jews two thousand years ago.

Like Paul I marvel that they are so soon removed from the faith and the liberty that faith provides.

 

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Acts 10:1 God’s Word Is Effective

Acts 10:1 (KJV)
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

The seat of Rome was in Italy. A person might think many if not all bands of Roman soldiers might be called Italian. But Rome was such a huge empire that the truth of it was most soldiers would have been from the provinces of Rome. Only a few could claim to be Italian.

Thus Cornelius is a level above a centurion, a position already of authority; he was a centurion of an elite band. This band of soldiers could claim the closest blood to Rome.

God’s Word is effective in the most remote places and among the most primitive of peoples. But it is equally powerful in the center of civilization and among those who have access to the great resources of this world.

We should not shrink from giving it to each.

 

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Acts 9:13-14 What God Might Be Doing

Acts 9:13-14 (KJV)
Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

The great peace we have experienced in the United States leaves us nearly incapable of comprehending the terror that must have lived among these believers, except for their faith.

  • They had heard what is happening to Christians in other cities.
  • They knew of the persecution
  • They knew of the imprisonments
  • They knew of the deaths
  • They had heard that this evil was on its way to their town

It’s a dread impending upon them. Day after day they waited. Like the Jews of Esther’s day, who knew the decree and day of their extermination had been set, these believers of Damascus waited, helpless, against the threat they knew would soon be realized.

Who knows exactly how they spent their time?

  • I imagine they prayed
  • I imagine they worshipped
  • I imagine they encouraged one another in the Lord

Why they had not fled is unexplainable. Perhaps they had no means to flee. Perhaps they had nowhere to flee.

Then the day came that Saul arrived. But a miracle had happened. Saul had been converted. Suddenly. Unexpectedly. How could they have known that the Spirit of God had been at work, pricking his heart?

But He had and Saul was now saved.

We never know what God might be doing in the face of our worst dread.

 

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Acts 7:25 Simply Obeying God

Acts 7:25 (KJV)
For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.

Moses’ supposition was wrong. Fact is, his brethren never did understand. They never got the connection between Moses and God.

Oh, they did follow him into the wilderness, but that was as much out of necessity as faith. They hoped it was true, perhaps wanted it to be true. They wanted out of Egypt badly enough that Moses seemed like their best option. But every time a problem happened it was the same thing; blame it on Moses.

Nothing has changed today. People wrestle with the relationship of the man serving God (whether it is a Pastor, soul winner, or member of the church wishing to encourage and help a struggling believer). It is a mistake to suppose people understand. They just don’t.

But there is a huge difference between Moses attempting to deliver Israel by slaying the Egyptian and Moses forty years later demanding Pharaoh let Israel go. In the former, Moses was looking for Israel’s approbation and acceptance. In the later he was simply obeying God. The servant of the Lord needs to remember this difference. He does not need the understanding of the people nor their approval. He needs only to know he is obeying the Lord.

 

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Acts 5:38-40 What If We Believed God?

Acts 5:38-40 (KJV)
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

Wow! They came so close to the truth with the counsel of Gamaliel, “If it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it.

And they agreed.

Thing was, they were so convinced it was not of God that they agreed only because they were sure it would come to nought.

  • They proved they did not consider that it was of God because they beat and commanded the disciples not to speak in Jesus name.
  • They rejected this counsel completely when Stephen was stoned and Saul began his threats against the believers.

Imagine what might have been had they followed the counsel of Gamaliel to its conclusion. Imagine what might be if we would abandon our preconceived notions and believe God’s Word; first concerning salvation and then concerning the Christian life.

 

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Acts 3:1 What An Unlikely Pair

Acts 3:1 (KJV)
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

What an unlikely pair, Peter and John. Though John and his brother James were known as the sons of Thunder, it does not appear to me that John is anywhere near like Peter was.

Peter was the spokesman type
Very often when you see the two together, Peter does the talking.

Peter was the oldest of the two
At least that is what I understand from my reading.

Peter was the more aggressive
When the two ran to the empty tomb John outran Peter but stopped short of entering the tomb. Peter stepped right in when he got there.

Both men were present when Jesus was tried but only Peter was pointed out as Jesus’ disciple.

John’s ministry wasn’t as aggressive as Peter’s might have been but it was longer running. John wrote more than twice as many of the New Testament books and was the “finalizer” of the Bible.

God uses different people differently. That doesn’t mean He won’t use them together.

 

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