Monday, February 13, 2012
Jesus fulfilled the Law & the Prophets - Part 13 - Acts 21-28
Acts 21:20-21 - "When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: 'You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. They have been informed that you teach all Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to their customs." Then they gave Paul instructions on what to do (in verses 24-25) so that "everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from teh meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality." It appears that it was good for Jewish Christians to still keep the law (the whole thing), but Gentile Christians were only put under the Noahide laws. This will be clarified later in Paul's writings.
Acts 22:3 - Paul was a Jew and thoroughly trained in Jewish law
Acts 24:14 - "However, I admist that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets..."
Acts 24:17-18 - Paul says he was ceremonial clean when we brought gifts for the poor and presented offerings. If one of the arguments in favor of Sabbath-keeping for Christians is that Paul "kept" the Sabbath, we should be consistent and say that we need to be ceremonial clean since Paul made sure to follow Jewish law. In fact, in verse 8, Paul says, "I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar."
Acts 26:22-23 - "...I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen - that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles."
Acts 28:17 - Paul says he has done nothing against the Jewish people or the customs of their ancestors.
Acts 28:23 - "They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."
Acts 28:26-27 - fulfillment of Is. 6:9-10