16 Jun 2016
Acts, Chapter 26.
The scene: Paul has returned to Jerusalem and the religious leaders have risen up against him, tried to kill him, and through a series of crazy events, he has landed before King Agrippa, in chains, defending his case.
After he proclaimed the gospel (gotta hand it to Paul he never stopped, good lesson here) anyway, continuing:
After he proclaimed the gospel, King Agrippa asked him if he intended in “this short of time” to make him into a Christian (almost mocking him for trying) and Paul’s answer is AMAZING; (turn to Acts 26:29 if you want to read it).
“whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am…” *
*queue epic sound effect, and wait for it….*
“…except for these chains” *
*insert laughter and snickers of all sorts*
I love that statement. I can so clearly see Paul giving this amazing defense, preaching the Gospel while standing before the leaders of the day as a prisoner in chains saying, “all who hear me this day might become such as I am…….”
….then looking down, seeing the shackles and tagging on: “except for these chains.”
Just imagine the smirk King Agrippa would’ve had after that.
The Bible is so much fun. =)
“except for these chains“…… greatest answer ever…… =)
*Acts 26:29 ESV