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Verses 26-28: “And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out.”

O’Malley: “Duchess and kittens in trouble? Look, you go get Scat Cat and his gang of alley cats!”
Roquefort: “Alley cats??? But, I’m a mouse!”
O’Malley: “Look…I’m gonna need help.”
Roquefort: “You mean you want me to…”
O’Malley: “MOVE! Just tell them O’Malley sent you and you won’t have a bit of trouble!”

Unfortunately, when Roquefort found Scat Cat and his gang, they didn’t believe him; all they saw was an easy meal. What’s worse, Roquefort was so flustered, he couldn’t remember the name of the cat who had sent him. After three incorrect guesses (“strikes”), Scat Cat flicked a claw under Roquefort’s throat.

Scat Cat: “Mousey…you just struck out. Any last words?”
Roquefort: “Ohhh…WHY DID I LISTEN TO THAT O’MALLEY CAT?!?”
Scat Cat: “O’Malley???”
Scat Cat’s gang: “O’Malley? O’Malley!”
Scat Cat: “Hold it cats! This little guy’s on the level!”
Roquefort: “You’re darn tootin’ I’m on the level!”
Peppo: “We didn’t mean to, to ruffle you, Squeaky.”
Roquefort: “Don’t worry about me; O’Malley needs help! Duchess and kittens are in trouble!”  (as the cats’ expressions change to ones of determined courage)
Scat Cat: “Come on, cats! We gotta split!”

The preceding dialogue was from the 1970 Walt Disney movie The Aristocats. O’Malley, who was trying to save Duchess and her kittens from the butler who was trying to do away with them, had assured Roquefort that just mentioning his name would grant him credibility and safety when facing Scat Cat’s gang (as Scat Cat and O’Malley were old pals).

Saul was in a similar predicament. Here he was, a new Christian convert, on fire for Jesus…and the disciples in Jerusalem wanted nothing to do with him due to his past reputation. They probably suspected that it might be a trick. It took Barnabas, a well-respected disciple, to be Saul’s introduction to the apostles. His testimony on Saul’s behalf helped assuage their fears and reassure them to the genuineness of Saul’s story. Next thing you know, Saul is fellowshipping with the disciples in Jerusalem and preaching all the more.

Sometimes, all it takes is for someone to be an intermediary to bridge two sides. Is Jesus asking you to such a bridge today?

Something to think about today.

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