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Daily Devotionals

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"

Devotional: November 9th

Morning

“My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.”

Acts 21:37-40

We left the apostle in the hands of the, chief captain and his soldiers, who were carrying him away to their quarters.

Acts 21:37 , Acts 21:38

The request uttered in the Greek language startled the captain.

Acts 21:39

The best of men are often mistaken for the very worst, nor need they wonder, for their Lord was condemned as a malefactor.

Acts 21:40

The storm subsided into a lull, and Paul, the bravest of the brave, with the utmost composure proceeded to address the crowd.

Acts 22:1 , Acts 22:3-18 , Acts 22:21 , Acts 22:22

Acts 22:3-5

He showed that he had once been as furious against the Christians as they themselves now were: this was intended to win their attention to the rest of his defence.

Acts 22:12-16

When baptism is preceded by repentance, and is attended by a believing calling on the name of the Lord, it becomes a beautiful emblem of that washing away of sins, which is graciously given to all believers. Paul told his own conversion, for he well knew that God often blesses such personal confessions. He then proceeded to give his reason for preaching to the Gentiles.

Acts 22:22

Their national prejudice was aroused: they could not endure that the Gentiles should be spoken of as regarded by God. May the Lord save us from all bitterness and bigotry of spirit.

Evening

“The Lord stood by him.”

Acts 22:23-30

The infuriated mob raved like madmen when Paul had spoken of the Lord’s grace towards the Gentiles.

Acts 22:26

When the centurion who was appointed to scourge him

Acts 23:1-11

Acts 23:3

Paul’s temper was roused by the unjust conduct of the high priest. His prophecy was fearfully fulfilled: almost at the commencement of the siege of Jerusalem Ananias fell by the daggers of his enemies. We cannot help noting the difference between the meek silence of Jesus, and the indignant reply of Paul.

Acts 23:9

The apostle obeyed the injunction, “Be ye wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” He saw how hopeless it was to plead his cause before so prejudiced an assembly, and therefore he raised another issue. He knew that the Pharisees and Sadducees hated each other even worse than they hated him; and, therefore, he cast in a spark upon their combustible materials, and set them in a blaze. The two parties left their victim, and turned their weapons against each other.

Acts 23:10 , Acts 23:11

A mid the uncongenial sights and sounds of the barracks, the heart of the apostle would have sunk had it not been for the heavenly visitation. Jesus will not leave his faithful servants alone he will reveal himself to us when we are in sore distress. Never let us despair, for the Lord has more work for us to do yet.

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