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A Display of Lies and Hostility

Acts  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  28:33
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So this movement shifts dramatically from humility and love to one filled with hostility and lies. Paul has come to the end of this eight day Purification ritual and things would seem to point to the sharing of the Gospel message. What we saw was polar opposite. Today we will be taking a look at a message centered around hostility. In this message we will see that this hostility was instigated by one group and brought about two significant consequences.

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1 Corinthians 9:20–23 NIV84
To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

1. Hostility originated _in the religious_

Acts 21:27–29 NIV84
When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, shouting, “Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple area and defiled this holy place.” (They had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul and assumed that Paul had brought him into the temple area.)

1. Hostility originated in the religious

2. Hostility bred _chaos_

Acts 21:30–32 NIV84
The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut. While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar. He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
Acts 21:30-32

2. Hostility bred chaos

3. Hostility leads _to arrest_

Acts 21:33–36 NIV84
The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done. Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another, and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. When Paul reached the steps, the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers. The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Away with him!”

3. Hostility leads to arrest

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