Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 2, 2019

“Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.” – “I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 8:1-8.

“Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death.

And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.  Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him.  But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.

Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.  Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them.  The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing.  For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice;  and many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed.  So there was much rejoicing in that city.”  Acts 8:1-8.

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In today’s Scripture, we read of a great persecution against the church that scattered all, except the apostles.

Today, there may be groups and individuals that are scattered due to persecution or for other reasons.

But, as Reformed believers, we firmly believe that God is sovereign and in control and causes all things (including such scattering) to accomplish all of His good pleasure.  In today’s Scripture, we read:  “those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.”  Verse 4.

“The word of God kept on spreading …”  Acts 6:7.

“The sower sows the word.”  Mark 4:14.

“9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:9-11.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;  as it is written,

“HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR,
HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.”  2 Corinthians 9:8-9.

“Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.


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