A young woman asked for an appointment with her pastor to talk with him about a besetting sin about which she was worried. When she saw him, she said, “Pastor, I have become aware of a sin in my life which I cannot control. Every time I am at church I begin to look around at the other women, and I realize that I am the prettiest one in the whole congregation. None of the others can compare with my beauty. What can I do about this sin?” The pastor replied, “Mary, that’s not a sin, why that’s just a mistake!”
That humorous story is a great illustration of the pride and prejudice of the Jewish people in Paul’s day. They saw themselves in God’s eyes as the most wonderful and beautiful people in the world. So wonderful were they that God could care less about the Gentiles. That was a mistake. In today’s lesson, it’s that mistake that will make them turn violently on Paul as he attempts to share with them the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
May God bless our study today in Acts,