Re:Verse reading–Acts 23:11, 25:12, 28:16-31 (day three)
“For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.” This situation looks like an old man who’s finally settled down after his nomadic ways and now spends his days regaling wide-eyed young hangers-on with war stories, doesn’t it? Don’t be fooled. The man in this narrative is none other than Paul “Straining-Toward-What-Is-Ahead” the Apostle. In his welcoming guests to his home, he is wielding the shaping power for the future of the human race. In these “Rome sessions”, he’s teaching people, forming spirits, enlightening minds. He speaks not of the old days, but of new possibilities. He’s hasn’t “ended up”, but rather he presses on. We think aging means fading. Paul new the older he grew, the newer he became. And that’s what he showed the world.