Offence

Offence

Acts 18:13 ‘This man,’ they charged, ‘is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.’

Was it the law of Moses or the Roman law that they demanded justice of Paul?

Luke doesn’t say, though we could presume that because they had appealed to the proconsul that they were saying Paul was breaking the Roman law by encouraging people to worship other gods without its permission.

The law of the land should be kept.

But of course we know the hidden agenda of the Jews wanting to stop Paul. This was all about the fact that Paul was telling the Gentiles they didn’t need to be circumcised to be accepted by God. It offended the circumcised.

Here are five thoughts on offence from this verse.

  • Offence will cause you to distance yourself from the person concerned. “This man” had a name which they were fully aware of.
  • Offence will cause you to accuse.
  • Offence will cause you to exaggerate. Paul wasn’t doing what they said he was doing.
  • Offence will cause you to hide what you are secretly offended about.
  • Offence will cause you to try and drag more people into the offence.

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