Contending For The Faith

March 27, 2009

Bible Reading, Day 5

Filed under: Bible Study — Lynda O @ 7:23 am
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Acts 5 reminds me of what I read in Joshua 4 yesterday. Joshua 4:14: “On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; so that they revered him, just as they had revered Moses all the days of his life.” In Acts 5, the Lord does many great miracles and exalts Peter as a leader, so that people would even put the sick on beds on the streets so that Peter’s shadow might fall on them (verse 15). Peter is clearly the leader in Acts 5.

Now to Joshua 5:14-15 — the man with the sword, “captain of the host of the Lord.” Is this a theophany/Christophany? Joshua falls down and worships him (here I reference John in Revelation–twice he fell down to worship an angel, and was rebuked for doing so), and in verse 15 the man tells him “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” — similar to the description of God with Moses at the burning bush.

Matthew 5:35 — do not swear “by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.” — I had forgotten this part of the verse. Not only are heaven and earth significant, but also Jerusalem.

At the end of Acts 5, the apostles rejoiced that they had been found worthy to suffer for the name of Christ. Immediately afterward I read Romans 5, and verse 3 says: “we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance.”

Romans 5 gives more explanation of what it means to suffer, what is good about it. The apostles in Acts 5 rejoiced in their sufferings, and certainly they did persevere, as the rest of Acts tells us. Romans 5 is the theology and doctrine of it, and Acts 5 shows it in action.

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