Addressing A Mob

“And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people.  And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language,” Acts 21:40.

Over the last few weeks, I have watched with particular interest the unrest in Afghanistan. The latest unrest began as two U.N. officials accidentally burned two Quran’s. This set off an outrage among the Islamic people.  Many people have gotten involved and many have given their opinion.  However the truth that is behind all of this is simply, “The enemy is at work to continue to keep people in the darkness and in the dungeon of sin.”

Imagine if you had been given the task to speak to such a group?  In our More For Christ readings for March 19th, Acts 22:1-23 we read the story of Paul addressing a mob.  This mob was made up of angry Jews who were being incited by the same religious leaders that incited the crowds against Jesus.

Here is a simple outline of the text: 1) Paul shared in their own language, Vs: 1-2.  Here we see a connection that Paul had with the people.  It caused them to listen.  If you and I hope to help others understand the gospel, we must win the right by walking in their culture.  2) Paul shared concerning his previous life, Vs: 3-5.  Paul as with every believer, had a BC life, that is Before Christ.  3) Paul shares concerning his seeing the Light. Vs: 6-16.  The light of the gospel shown into Paul’s life causing Paul to see his sinfulness and his need of a Savior.  4) Paul followed the Lord’s leadership of his life, Vs: 17-21.  This very day we are followers of Christ.  This very day we have been called to reach out to those who are in darkness.

It is interesting to note that the mob listened until Paul said, “He said, go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.”  In this moment they could bear it no more because of the darkness in their heart.

I wonder, “Would you be willing to address such a mob?”  For, me this is a very personal question because I address crowds almost on a daily basis.  I am so thankful that I do not face a mob, but would I be willing is the question?

This very day, you may be faced with people who really do not want to hear what you have to say.  In those moments we must remember that we are not speaking to receive applause nor are we seeking God’s approval.  We are sharing because the gospel must be shared.  Oh how I pray we find success as we share in Jesus name.

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