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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 16, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, May 16

Acts 24:5 We have, in fact, found this man a pestilent fellow, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.

As Paul’s trial heats up, it’s important to understand the specific charge being brought against him. Paul is accused of being an agitator—a charge signifying political sedition. This is a serious charge in the Roman Empire—the same one leveled against Jesus and many other Jews in the first century—with punishment being death by crucifixion.

Sedition is derived from the Latin word seditio which means “separation.” What does it mean for us that both Jesus and Paul are accused of sedition? Since Luke and Acts insist that these are false charges, we can imagine the disturbance of the status quo. Jesus separates life from death and Paul asks us to disturb our hearts to live in ways Jesus asks us to live.

MOVING FORWARD: Is there a place in your life that could use some holy sedition? How will you invite Jesus in to help you?

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 24:1-27

PRAY for the Diocese of Chhattisgarh (India)

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