Acts Devotional, November 3, 2020

Acts Devotional, November 3, 2020

Acts 15:12-21

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The whole assembly kept silence, and listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told of all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles. After they finished speaking, James replied, “My brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first looked favorably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name. This agrees with the words of the prophets, as it is written,

‘After this I will return,
and I will rebuild the dwelling of David which has
fallen;
from its ruins I will rebuild it,
and I will set it up,
so that all other peoples may seek the Lord
even all the Gentiles over whom my name has
been called.
Thus says the lord, who has been making these
things long ago.’

Therefore I have reached the decision that we should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God, but we should write to them to abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled and from blood. For in every city, for generations past, Moses has had those who proclaim him, for he has been read aloud every sabbath in the synagogues.”

 

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 Time for Reflection

In addition to the 3 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:

James worked out a compromise, based on Scripture, with the assembly concerning Gentiles joining the faith. This was not an either or compromise, but a both/and solution:
Gentiles di not need to be circumcised and their behavior should not cause any needless offense to their Jewish brothers.

How does the church today approach compromises? Are they based on Scripture? Do we insist on an absolute either or resolution or are we willing to accept a both/and
compromise?

 

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