- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 22
Paul defended himself before Jews in Jerusalem (1)
After Paul was arrested, he spoke to Jews in Jerusalem. His testimony in chapter 22 was focused on his own conversion experience.
His family background and education (1-3) – He was born as Jew, educated in Gamaliel. Gamaliel was the most honored rabbi of the first century.
His conversion experience (4-16) — He recalled what had happened on the way to Damascus, and his conversion (Acts 9)
His calling from God (17-21) — God sent Paul to the Gentiles.
His identity (22-29) — He revealed that he was a born Roman citizen.
His second speech (30) — He was sent to the Sanhedrin.
In his first speech before Jews in Jerusalem, Paul called Jesus “the Way,” (v 4), and “the Righteous One,” which were relative expression to Jewish people.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.