Daily Encouragement

July 6 – Paul before Felix

July 6
1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4
Acts 24:1-27
Psalm 4:1-8
Proverbs 18:16-18 

1 Chronicles 3:10 – Now we’re back to familiar names. The kingly line of David going all the way to Josiah and his descendants that were wiped out in short order by Nebuchadnezzar.

1 Chronicles 3:16 – Later we’ll read of the curse on the line of Jehoiakim in Jeremiah 36:30-31. Jeconiah his son was further cursed (Jeremiah 22:30).

Tertullus accuses Paul

Acts 24:5 – By the way, we need a few more “ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes”!

Acts 24:14 – Yes! We have seen in the law where it talks of Jesus! The Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world!

Acts 24:16 – Like Paul, can you say that you have a conscience void of offense toward God and toward man?

Psalm 4:4 – Speaking of a clean conscience, are we able to say we are free of unconfessed sin?

Proverbs 18:16 – Is Solomon talking about bribery? See the Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. – A man’s gift maketh room for him (comp. Proverbs 19:6). Mattam, “gift,” has been taken in different senses. Some consider it to mean a bribe offered for underhand or fraudulent purposes; but the context does not lead to this conclusion, and the parallel passage mentioned above makes against it…. The term here signifies the present which duty or friendship offers to one whom one wishes to please. This paves a man’s way to a great person’s presence. Bringeth him before great men. The Oriental custom of offering suitable gifts to one in authority, when a favour or an audience is desired, is here alluded to (comp. 1 Samuel 10:271 Kings 4:211 Kings 10:25). So the Magi brought gifts so the newborn King at Bethlehem (Matthew 2:11). In a spiritual sense, the right use of riches opens the way to eternal life, evincing a man’s practical love of God and man; as Christ says (Luke 16:9), “Make to yourselves friends by means of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when it shall fail, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles”

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