My blog today is from Acts 13:13-33. Let me begin by saying how instrumental this book has been not only to me but virtually to believers through the entire history of modern man. If you were trapped on a deserted island and only had one book from the Bible, Acts would serve you well. I will concentrate on the latter verses, but I will point out verse 18 which surprised me: “And for about forty years he put up with them.” Does that sound like something a parent would say?
One central theme throughout the passage relates to kingship. Everyone wants a king; whether earthly or heavenly; people want a king. Why? Most people crave a sense of order, a system, rules and to know where they stand; a King gives them that. Verse 21 tells when the Israelites asked for a king, God gave them Saul and then David. Both had strengths and weaknesses as well as strong ‘giftings’, but neither was a true king. Only God can be our true King.
Much of the New Testament parallels the Old Testament; I say that as a reminder that we do not judge them too harshly. We likely would have, and maybe still do seek the wrong things, with the wrong motivation. Starting in verse 26, we are told about the most gracious gift of all time; the Father sent our Savior. Even then, no one recognized Jesus as the King of Kings and Savior. In hindsight, Luke tells the church how the story ends. God fulfilled the promise made long when he sent his Son to earth as a ransom for many.
The incarnation is the single event that changed history, accepting it or rejecting it does not alter its power. Whether you believe in gravity or not, if you jump from a bridge, gravity will cause you to fall to the ground. Gravity does not need you to believe in it; it is a universal law. The fact that Jesus is the Son of God, Savior of the world, Redeemer, Advocate, Healer, and our only hope is an ideology in which you can and should stake your life. We can trust God’s Word and believe in every promise proclaimed within the pages. Through the ages, every word has proven true!