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Verses 31-32: “and when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, “This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.” Then Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.””

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” – Sherlock Holmes, Chapter 6, p.111, The Sign of the Four (got this from https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes).

As Sherlock Holmes so wryly explained, when you take off all other factors of something (prejudices, societal designations, stigmas, labels, opinions, etc.), the only thing left is the truth. That is just what Agrippa and Festus conclude once they bring Paul’s presentation to an end by standing up and leaving the room. After some side discussion with Festus, Agrippa gives Festus his opinion (which Festus had asked for). The verdict: not guilty. No other decision could be reached; they said it plainly: “This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.” Agrippa further states ironically, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Remember, Paul had his travel plans arranged already…not by Festus, who you might say was the conductor in this case…but by the Lord, the One who is taking Paul on the Holy Express to witness in Rome. As the narrator of the animated cartoon The Hobbit once sang, “The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.”

More to come!

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Verse 16: “Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.”

I can’t remember who first told me this joke, but I really liked it. I have found several versions on the Internet, so I will give credit and reference to this version that I found at
http://www.pinetree.net/humor/sherlockholmescamping.html .

This is my version of the joke:

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. They laid down to sleep for the night, the fire dwindling nearby. Not too long afterward, Holmes woke up Watson and said: “Watson, look up and tell me what you see”.

Watson said, “I see the night sky, full of countless stars”.

Holmes: “And what does that tell you?”

Watson: “Well, astronomically, it suggests to me that if there are billions of other galaxies that have roughly similar stellar population densities as represented by my view, that, potentially, trillions of planets may be associated with such a galactic and, therefore, stellar population. One may reasonably imply by this that life-and possibly intelligent life-may well fill the universe.

Also, being a believer, theologically, it tells me that the vastness of space may be yet another suggestion of the greatness of God and that we are small and insignificant.

Meteorologically, the blackness of the sky and the crispness of the stellar images tells me that there is low humidity and stable air and therefore we are most likely to enjoy a beautiful day tomorrow.

Why? – What does it tell you, Holmes?”

Holmes: “Watson…someone has stolen our tent”. 🙂

Sometimes, you miss the obvious when you see something. One can observe a scene directly in front of them, analyze it, and still miss something, until someone else points it out. Even some people fail to believe what’s in front of them, as incredible as that may sound.

God had freed Peter from Herod’s prison. Here is Peter, knocking at the door of Mary’s house. The servant girl, Rhoda, is so excited to see Peter, that she leaves him outside the doorway to go tell the believers gathered within! (For some reason, I think of that old humorous ending of the Flintstones, with Fred banging on the door, yelling for Wilma!) The believers wouldn’t believe the first-hand sighting by Rhoda; they said “You’re imagining things!”, “You’re out of your mind!”, or “It must be his ghost!” Weren’t these very believers PRAYING to the Lord for Peter’s deliverance? God answered their prayers…and yet they couldn’t believe it! Even when they saw Peter themselves, “they were astonished.”

So…the next time you earnestly pray to God for something…don’t act too shocked when God answers you as you requested. Remember, nothing is too difficult for Him.

Something to think about.

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