A Question of Loyalty

While the large Galilean spoke, the morning sacrifice began ((Acts 2:15)). Many of the Jews walked away from this strange spectacle to perform their religious duty. Others, when they heard Peter mention the name Jesus, walked away as well. They could feel the stares of the priests and didn’t want to be risk being associated with a convicted heretic ((Mark 14:64)).

Some stayed. They wanted to hear more. The news of Jesus had spread around the Jewish world. His strange ways had captivated many. Could there be more to the story, as this man claimed ((Acts 2:24))?

“You know the scriptures. Our father David said: ‘You did not leave my soul in Sheol. You did not let your holy one see corruption.’ ((Acts 2:25,27)) I think I can speak freely to you, since we are all the family of Abraham.” The crowd leaned closer, curious¬†to hear whether this man would defy their honored ancestor. “David’s tomb is here in this very city. You know that he died ((Acts 2:29)), and if we cracked open his tomb I think we all would see that he has indeed decayed.”

“Then why would David say such a thing? Could it be that he wasn’t talking about himself? We all know he was a prophet, and he knew that God would one day set the Messiah on his throne ((Acts 2:30)). He knew that the Messiah, the son of David, would be resurrected, rather than abandoned to decay in the grave ((Acts 2:31)). I declare to you that I am a witness that God has done this very thing for his servant Jesus! ((Acts 2:32))”

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