The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
Acts 13:32-33 draw the connection between God’s provision for his people in the past and the idea of Jesus as the resurrected lord. Paul is very clear here about one thing. This is good news. In verse 32, the word used for Paul’s announcement to the people is a word which specifically implies “announcing a message of good news.”
The Bible is full of good news. Here the good news is that Jesus is the one who has been begotten by God as the savior. He is no upstart revolutionary god like the new gods of the pagans. He is the one and only true God, present in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The reason it is good news is that God has used this particular means to redeem the world to himself. He has not abandoned his people.
Accept no substitutes! It’s still the best news in the world.
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