Sometimes there is no one around to wash away your wounds.

Sometimes there is no one around to wash away your wounds.

Acts 16:23

“After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.”

 

Sometimes there is no one around to wash away your wounds.

When the Jews flogged they would whip the person 39 times, never 40. But when the Romans flogged there was never any maximum limit in fact they were heading for the death of the prisoner and on occasions there are records of soldiers losing their own life if by the 40th stripe the prisoner was not dead. So you can imagine the brute force the soldiers would give into a flogging.

How many times Paul and Silas was flogged we do not know, but it was severe. The wounds were severe. But no one was there to bathe, bandage and soothe them. Wounded they were thrown into prison and they were guarded. It wouldn’t be until the jailer was saved would he offer to bathe their wounds.

There are many who are watched by the enemy of their soul, trapped and broken. We need leaders who wash wounds today. The broken-hearted are in our churches. Life has dealt a mistreatment to their life. They need Pastors who care enough.

The triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday heralded the Holy week of Jesus. During that week we see Jesus on his knees washing the feet of even his enemies.

If you are reading this today and you still carry the wounds of life then it could be you are also imprisoned. You may never get justice. But you can ask Jesus to wash the dirt of life, the pain and the wounds from you.

 

 

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