From Pastor Perry

12/22/2013 Acts 15:12-21

Acts 15:12–21 (ESV)

The Jerusalem Council (Part 3)
12 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. 13 After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. 14 Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,
    16     “ ‘After this I will return,
        and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen;
        I will rebuild its ruins,
and I will restore it,
    17     that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord,
and all the Gentiles who are called by my name,
says the Lord, who makes these things 18 known from of old.’
19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. 21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”

In the third part of the Jerusalem Council section, Paul and Barnabas report on their missionary journey among the Gentiles.  Then James tied Simeon’s (Peter’s) experience to Old Testament prophecy found in the book of Amos.  He basically summarizes the position that they should not burden the Gentile with these rules and let them focus on Christian living.

I pray: O Lord, it is easy to get distracted into side issues.  Help us to focus on what is important and necessary, and not on things that go against your Word.  Doctrine does matter and prevents arguments that have no scriptural basis.  Help me to let your Word be my guide.  Amen.

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