Acts 28: Having Discussion
We have come to the end of another book, and Acts 28 finally brings Paul to Rome. Specifically, he met with the Jewish people of Rome, and he spoke to them about Jesus Christ. Some listened to him, and others did not, but it is important to recognize that the discussions did not seem to end when the people left Paul’s house where he was under house arrest.
Act 28:25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
Act 28:26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
Act 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Act 28:28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
This is undoubtedly a controversial statement. It must not have made the Jewish people happy. However, going back to verse 24, it is clear that there was disagreement. Some believed him, and others did not. Some were ready to follow Jesus, and others were not.
I think about the value of discussion. I think about how these people clearly had a difference of opinion, but they were still able to have a conversation and civilly disagree. It seems to be the case that perhaps we are losing that ability. Part of me thinks that perhaps it is largely a technological development. It is easier to rant and rave when the other person is not someone that you know and ideally want to maintain a civil relationship with. When you yell at someone on the Internet, you will probably never meet them in person.
Whatever the reason, it seems to be the case that we can learn from Paul. Some agreed, some didn’t, but the discussions continued.