Consequences

“But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, ‘Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.’” Acts 18:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Leviticus 15-17, and Acts 18.

Paul ran into some serious opposition in Corinth.

In our age, it is normal to walk away from those we oppose.  That’s why TVs come with a clicker!

Paul’s opponents are Jews as he is and they are staying in his face while verbally abusing him.

When Paul has done the best he can with them, he demonstrates his reaction to their abuse by using the familiar (to them) gesture of shaking out his clothes.

He also puts some Ezekiel 33 on them regarding their blood.  He is telling them that the consequences of their actions are on their own hands.  He has done what he could.  They have made the terrible choice to reject his message.

I admire Paul for telling the Corinthians an ultimate truth: There are consequences and I have told you what they are.

I am called up short, however, with another Ezekiel 33 truth: If I do not tell others of their need to believe the Gospel, then their BLOOD is on me!  I’m not making this up.  Read Ezekiel 33:6.

“I am living in awareness of the importance of telling others about Who You are and what You have done.  Why am I keeping it to myself?  I open myself up to You.  Wash away my sins.  Fill every part of me with You.  Direct my path this day.  Open my mouth, which I dedicate to You, and may Your Words pour out.  I love You, Lord.”

Your silence in the presence of unbelievers is NOT golden.  Ezekiel 33:6

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