The whole city was aroused. (Acts 21:30)
… the violence of the mob was so great… (Acts 21:35)
Then they raised their voices and shouted, ‘Rid the earth of him! He is not fit to live. As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust in the air… (Acts 22:22-23)
At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strke him on the mouth. (Acts 23:2)
There was a great uproar… (Acts 23:9)
The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
People get uptight and I in an uproar when it comes to anything or anyone who conflicts with their religion. Paul’s great atrocity was taking the news of God to the Gentiles. The chosen people did not like that.
I am wondering if there are parts of my faith and belief system that I get defensive about. Are there ideas and topics that send me into an uproar? Do I feel threatened by thee types of things? If I do it would be because they somehow shake what I know or how I think about God and my relationship with Him. What needs to take precedence is not my theology (thinking about God) but my relationship with Him. Nothing external can shake that! Even if my theology did change – God never changes. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8). What’s changing is not Him, but me. There’s the rub! The mobs in Acts 21-23 didn’t want to change their belief system. They were the ones threatened. God is never in jeopardy.
Father, I place my stock in You. You are the immovable One. Would You please move me! There is so much more that I should know. Grow me closer to You.