10.26.2011

Word Wednesday .::168

Word Wednesday is posted every Wednesday. Each week I post a scripture that I've read that week that has spoken to me in a fresh way. I believe that if we read God's Word every day, He will give us at least one scripture every week that will impact us. Sharing Scripture with each other is like iron sharpening iron. Leave a comment and share a scripture that has impacted you this week.

Here's the scripture that stuck this week:

Acts 28:1-6 NIV

Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. 3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.

A couple things stick out to me. First, it shows how judgmental people can be and how quick they can be judgmental. They didn't know Paul, but they quickly became experts on him and his past based on the subjective, present circumstances. Secondly, it shows how people tend to extremes instead of balance. Not only did they change their judgment on him, but they went the total extreme other way. First, he must be a murderer, and then he must be a god. There is zero balance here. Same old story still happens today. It seems like we'll never learn.

What's your Word?

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