I Did Not Know…
Daily Bible Reading – Job 16; Acts 21-23
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 22:30 – 23:11
Much like our current US criminal law, in Paul’s day Jewish law said that no man could be punished for a crime without being found guilty during trial. Ananias, as the high priest, was charged with representing all of the Jewish laws, yet he commanded his men to hit Paul. (23:2) This command was a violation of the very law Ananias was supposed to be upholding, and Paul immediately snapped at Ananias and accused him of violating the law. When the people of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were outraged that Paul would insult the high priest, to which Paul responded by saying that he did not know Ananias was in such an important position. (23:5)
Biblical scholars offer a few different interpretations for this verse of Scripture. Some say Paul did not know Ananias was the high priest because Paul had been away from Jerusalem for a few years. Other scholars say that perhaps Paul’s eyesight was poor. One other interpretation of this verse (and one that I believe is correct) is that Ananias’ actions of commanding the striking of Paul were so far from the duties of a high priest, that Paul never imagined that this man could be the high priest.
All of us have experienced times when our actions did not line up with our duties as Christ followers. When we yell at the guy who cut us off in traffic, act rudely to the cashier who is not checking us out as quickly as we would like, or judge someone else harshly for a mistake, we are not acting the way Jesus would expect us to act as His disciples. One of the worst things a Christ follower can hear from another person is “I did not know you were a Christian”. When another person is shocked to learn we are Christians, it is usually because our actions are so far from the duties of what a follower of Christ should be that the person was unable to recognize that we might be Christians. The best way we can help draw people to Christ is by our actions. We can talk all day about how wonderful it is to be a Christian or about how much God has changed us, but if our actions do not reflect that, we are not being good witnesses for Christ. When we let the Spirit flow through us and we remember that while we are IN this world we are not OF this world, we can help draw people closer to Jesus Christ and to salvation.
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