Highlights in Acts-Chapter 11
This fascinating chapter climaxes with the visit of some prophets from Jerusalem to the church in Antioch. One of their number, a man by the name of Agabus, stood up (apparently in their assembly) and spoke. He "….signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world." (From Verse 28). This happened, as predicted, in the days of Claudius Caesar. After the church heard about this coming time of distress, they "…. determined to send relief to the brethren which dwelt in Judea." (From Verse 29). Every man did this according to his ability. It would be easy to skim over this report, without noticing that these at Antioch (which were mostly Gentiles) were sending help to Jewish brethren. When people love the Lord, they love the brethren, regardless of race. It is also worth noting two other things: First, they sent it to the Elders. The Elders were the Pastors and, being servant leaders charged with the care of the flock, it was appropriate to do this. Instead of a majority vote on the use of the help, the Elders were trusted with the responsibility. Secondly, Barnabas and Saul were to take the help to Jerusalem. The use of Saul shows us that he had fully won the trust and respect of the saints at Antioch. Grace received leads to grace extended! Selah! Saul had gone from being a destroyer of the church to being an instrument for the blessing of it and the building of it. How far have we come since we were saved? Ron
Tomorrow, Lord willing, we want to examine what may be the most unusual jailbreak of all times. Why not plan to be here for another exciting adventure in the spreading of the Gospel?