Today’s reading is Acts 6.
Wow! Even priests were becoming obedient to the faith. There are multiple things I can’t help but notice in this simple statement. First, notice a reversal in the chapter. In earlier chapters it was priests (Acts 4:1) who were disagreeing with the Christians and arresting the apostles. However, they wouldn’t do great harm to the apostles because they feared the people (Acts 4:21). However, in this chapter, there are priests being converted and the people from among the synagogues turning on the apostles and Christians. Second, just be amazed that the gospel was powerful enough to impact priests. As we have noted before, the priests were often connected with and among the Sadducees who didn’t believe in resurrection. But now many of them are becoming obedient to the faith. Think back to the priests who were arresting the apostles. In that moment, the apostles might think they didn’t have a chance of converting priests. But give it more time and the gospel impacted many of the priests as well. Finally, I simply want to notice that issue of obeying the faith. That isn’t a very common way to refer to the faith these days. In modern times, it is almost like we think faith and obedience are opposites. They don’t go together and in fact contradict each other. But here they are. The faith is something to be obeyed. The priests became obedient to it. May we always obey the faith. And may we always pass the faith along because we never know who it will impact or how long it will take to do so. Praise the Lord!
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