curious

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So, I’m looking at the book of Acts the last couple of days, as it is a rather remarkable book, and more remarkable in part because from what I can tell it is almost entirely ignored.

I’m of the opinion the book of Acts may be one of the most important books in the Bible. It gets curiouser and curiouser the more you read it.

Take these verses for instance:

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. (16:6, 7)

The Spirit says no to that which we assume would always be a yes everywhere. We don’t read why, though a couple of verses later we find out the Spirit really wants Paul to go to Macedonia. Interesting. I wonder how many times we are told “no” but try to bull our way forward anyhow, for the supposed sake of the Gospel. I wonder how this has affected history.

I really don’t have a conclusion about this, I just realized it’s not a verse I hear quoted a lot in ministry books.

One Response to “curious”

  1. Bruce Bishop Says:

    I find this curious as well, Patrick. I’ve often felt that saying “no” could be as holy as saying “yes”… but that’s usually in reference to taking on too much. I do some teaching around the topic of spiritual discernment, and often encourage people that “open and closed doors” aren’t always what they seem. i.e. just because it is difficult doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it, and vice versa. This verse is notable however because it IS counterintuitive to an evangelical mindset. “No matter HOW DIFFICULT it might be, we should take the gospel everywhere.” I much prefer the approach of taking it only where the Holy Spirit guides us. A good plan for every area in our lives.
    Bruce