The stubbornness of man is strong. And when some are bent on believing lies and living in deception it is nearly impossible to accept truth. To the wicked God’s honorable words sound foolish, or abrasive. They set the wayward on fire emotionally, and motivate them to overreact. This was true of what happened to Paul in Acts 22. What seemed improbable (torture and murder) became the primary course of action. Paul’s kinsmen were so repulsed that the apostle had, in their eyes, abandoned the Jewish traditions and teachings for Christianity, which they likened to a cult – a false belief. But Paul did not abandon the Jewish heritage; he fully embraced it by accepting its culmination and completion in Jesus Christ. But again lies are often easier to accept than truth, and deception, much like today, was rampant in ancient Jerusalem. The reality is, as evidenced in Paul’s life, that truth is worth fighting for, and truth is worth dying for.
Acts 22:22 “The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, ‘Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (12/3/2018)