SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR NOVEMBER 12, 2022 (FALSE ACCUSATION)
TOPIC: FALSE ACCUSATION
Opening Prayer: As I read your word O Lord, grant me an insight and grace to do your will in Jesus name.
Scripture: Acts 24:1‐9
Question(s) for Reflection• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow? • Is there any other Biblical passage that can help me understand this passage better?
To start with, the high priest was so desperate to get rid of Paul that he hired the services of a professional lawyer. This was meant to signify the gravity of Paul’s offenses. Read vs.2‐3 again. Was this opening remark a sincere compliment as court courtesy, or an attempt to win favour from the Governor?
Consider the charges levelled against Paul in vs.5‐7 ‐ a troublemaker, who stirs up riots; a ringleader of a religious sect (a group that was therefore operating without government permission) and someone who had defiled the Temple in Jerusalem. Such charges were to show that Paul was not only an enemy of the Jews but of Rome too.
For his hidden motives not to be detected, he was quick to add that they wanted the governor to examine Paul for the truth to be revealed. It is amazing how God works! That was an opportunity created for Paul’s defense.
For Further Study :Luke 21:12‐19
Practice/Word Application: So what? Do you bear false witness or do people accuse you falsely? God is sure to intervene in His own way.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Closing Prayer• Pray about the administration of justice in your country. Pray for judges, lawyers and the entire judicial service.
Prayer for the week• Pray for grace and strength for the Christian race. Pray against any form of discouragement, no matter what is going wrong. Believe God that the storm will soon be over in Jesus name.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Hebrews 10:23; Luke 7, 8; Romans 5; Psalms 117