- Acts 28:26-31
- Acts 28:26 (KJB)
- Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall
not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
- (Isa 6:9 KJV) And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed,
but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
God gave the commission to Isaiah that he was to go to the house of Judah
and was to proclaim His message. God had warned him what he was going to be
up against. First, they would hear Isaiah’s message from God physically but
because of their spiritual deadness, they will not be able to understand the
message. They will be stiffnecked and rebellious. (Acts 7:51 KJV)
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the
Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Stephen
brought up that very fact that the Jews who were listening to him, Saul
included, resisted the Holy Spirit in the hardness of their heart and Paul
sees the very same thing. Secondly, he even brought up the fact that they
will see and not perceive, that is, they would not understand or know. Many
of them saw the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh and many saw Him raise
Lazarus as well as other miracles. Many saw the miracles that the Apostles
- they sill failed to understand that something
new was happening from the Kingdom of God.
- Acts 28:27 (KJB)
- For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are
dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should
see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand
with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
- Waxed Gross - Make fat, thicken, or dull
- Dull - With difficulty or hard of hearing
- What had surrounded the heart and ears of these people was that for
hundreds of years a thickened band of unbelief had encompassed them. They
have become so set in unbelief that even when they see things with their
eyes that they know is of God, they reject it as if they have closed their
eyes and did not see it. Their unbelief was so thick and strong, that it
prevented God from converting them by means of them seeing, hearing, and
understanding with the heart. When a person’s heart is so darkened by sin
and unbelief, it keeps a person in that prison until God frees them with the
Gospel. (Isa 14:17 KJV) That made the world as a wilderness, and
destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
Once God saves a person, that is considered healing them which is the true
spiritual healin, that physical healing exemplifies.
- Acts 28:28 (KJB)
- Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto
the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
- Paul then adds that this salvation has been going to the Gentiles and
that they will hear it. The word for “hear” is “hearing with understanding”
which is contrast to the dullness of the Jews who do not hear with
understanding. Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles had flourished because he had
set up churches as major centers of Christianity in many big cities. Notice
the term “will hear” these two English words are one word in the Greek which
is in the future tense meaning that among the Gentiles, there will be much
acceptance of the true Gospel in contrast to the rejection by the Jews who
wish to stay under the law. The Gentiles will hear the Gospel and salvation
will happen to many. (Acts 13:48 KJV) And when the Gentiles heard
this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as
were ordained to eternal life believed.
- Acts 28:29 (KJB)
- And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great
reasoning among themselves.
- Reasoning - Discussion or Dispute
- After Paul had completed his time of scripture study and discussion with
his guests, it was time for them to leave and as normal, when they left
there was great discussion and dispute among them. I am sure after this
visit with Paul, they will all be provoked into a deeper study of Scripture.
Even those who want to prove Paul wrong may become saved. There are many who
started out trying to prove Christianity wrong and have become saved in the
middle of their studies, one such person comes to mind, Josh McDowell, who
authored a book, “Evidence That Demands A Verdict” in 1972.
- Acts 28:30 (KJB)
- And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all
that came in unto him,
- The day of the Gospel presentation was not over when the Jews left. The
Lord stated that he was to witness at Rome and he was able to be a witness
for two years in his own rented home. I am sure that from his apartment went
the Gospel to the greater city of Rome. He, no doubt, had many visitors and
not just those who disagreed but those who were working with him to get the
Gospel out and he was probably training the next generation of Christians.
It would be the next generation which would begin to feel the beginning of
the Roman persecutions and they needed to be well grounded in the Scriptures
and how to mount a defense of the faith, just as he did.
- Acts 28:31 (KJB)
- Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which
concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him
- Preaching - Proclaiming
- These last two years of Paul’s life was the outreach that God wanted him
to perform because he was able to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of God
without any interference or hindrance. This must have been the final push of
the Gospel before the persecutions started under Nero. God was getting the
Gospel entrenched in the city of Rome and that would make for an easy
starting point to get it out to the rest of the Roman Empire. Even while
Paul was under this situation like a house arrest, his confidence was still
in the Lord Jesus Christ and he was able to continue proclaiming the Gospel
in great confidence, that is, with all openness and frankness.
- The book of Acts ends abruptly and that is because the work of the
church has not ended. It will end on the last day but until that time we are
still continuing the Gospel outreach begun by the Apostles. The word “Acts”
may also be understood as “deeds.” As we continue to send forth the word,
let us also send it forth in deeds. May God richly Bless You as you continue
to search His word.