I need to read Acts 9:35 to you its context.
As you are about to learn in this PODCAST, there is so much more here than meets the eye. At least that meets our eyes.
Acts 9:35 is a truly remarkable statement for original readers of the book of Acts. It will soon be truly remarkable for us. For this one verse exposes the underlying reality in the spiritual climate of the Land that you and I might easily miss. As well as the ongoing spiritual battle for our souls that is being waged every minute of every day in our lives today.
A truly remarkable verse.
So hear it as I begin at verse 32.
“Meanwhile, Peter traveled from place to place, and he came down to visit the believers in the town of Lydda. There he met a man named Aeneas, who had been paralyzed and bedridden for eight years. Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you! Get up, and roll up your sleeping mat!’ And he was healed instantly.”
Now verse 35,
“Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas walking around, and they turned to the Lord.”
Anything jaw-dropping strike you about those words? Are we missing anything here? I’ll give you a hint: Yes! We are missing a ton! All of which has to do with these two telling locations: One a town—Lydda; the other a region—Sharon.
Foreign to us; all-too-familiar to the people of that land at that time.
It’s the old story: We cannot understand the biblical play if we don’t understand the stage on which the play is performed.
So in this podcast, I’ll take you on a fascinating tour of the stage.
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God bless you richly as you listen.