“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds consistent with repentance. For this reason the Jews, after they seized me while I was in the temple courts,were trying to kill me. I have experienced help from God to this day, and so I stand testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except what the prophets and Moses said was going to happen: that the Christ was to suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, to proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”
(Acts 26.19-23, NET)
Paul continues his narrative before King Agrippa and summarises by saying its core is that people should repent and turn to God. No matter where he went, no matter the audience, Paul’s primary message was the same: repentance and faith.
In another act of aligning himself with his accusers Paul says:
“I stand testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except what the prophets and Moses said was going to happen: that the Christ was to suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, to proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”
Paul has seen that the big-picture narrative of what we would call the Old Testament was focused on Jesus. He is desperate for his accusers to see this also (Romans 9.3). Jesus Himself knew this, Paul has accepted and understood this truth, have you?
Read some of the more familiar stories (and the unfamiliar ones) in the Old Testament and see the truth of Jesus’ words in John 5.39 and Luke 24.27.
Read the book of Esther and see the courageous actions of one person saving God’s people from certain death.
Read the book of Jonah and see how God send one man to preach repentance and a return to Him to an entirely wicked population.
Read of Jael in the book of Judges and see the radical obedience of one person to the will of God.
See, when we see what Paul saw, when we see what Jesus knew – that all Scripture points us to Him – it changes how we read the Bible forever and for the better.
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