Paul and the people chose a day for a meeting and on that day many more of the Jews met with Paul at the place he was staying. He spoke to them all day long. Using the law of Moses and the prophets’ writings, he explained the kingdom of God, and he tried to persuade them to believe these things about Jesus. Some believed what Paul said, but others did not. So they argued and began leaving after Paul said one more thing to them: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
‘Go to this people and say:
You will listen and listen, but you will not understand.
You will look and look, but you will not learn,
because these people have become stubborn.
They don’t hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise, they might really understand
what they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears.
They might really understand in their minds
and come back to me and be healed.’ (Isaiah 6:9–10)
“I want you to know that God has also sent [their] salvation to all nations, and they will listen!” After Paul said this, the Jews left. They were arguing very much with each other.
Paul stayed two full years in his own rented house and welcomed all people who came to visit him. He boldly preached about the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ, and no one stopped him.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We draw near to you in this holy prayer space and find you also drawing near to us. We love your ways and your desire to tell us stories of how you journeyed with our ancestors. We do not always easily hear your messages for us. They are difficult and bring painful memories, regret, guilt, and even anger towards you or our ancestors. Yet you remain with us and we with you. We welcome your forgiveness and healing.
Thank you, Life-giving Spirit, that your words are alive and active. May we have eyes to see you. May we have ears to hear your loving voice singing healing songs of love to us. May our minds be receptive to you, so we may have the mind of Christ. May our joyful songs echo you, Divine Family.
I hear your stories of old today, O LORD, and thank you for…
Don’t give up on us LORD! Though we do not always hear your call or follow your ways, we long to be with you. Stay with us and teach us, and lead us in your ways of everlasting joy, peace, hope, and love.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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