Wednesday, September 1, 2010

NIPTO, Day 206

It's late. I'm gonna have to make this quick.
Today: Spanish class... AWESOME! Love it! Got to conjugate verbs. It was fantastico. Then a bunch of study hall... got some stuff done. Lunch. Yum. Helped my mom in her class/did physics. Yipee!
Cleaned up. Came home. Changed clothing into cooler clothing so as not to roast, then went to Kent to hear Tom Short preach. You can find his website here. It's awesome. Go check it out.
I ate dinner with Tom, Nick, Tim, James, Caleb, Hannah, and Michelle... and my parents, kind of.
And said hi to Katie who was sitting a ways away... went back to Hannah's dorm to drop stuff off for her, came home, changed back into warmer clothes, went to Kaytee's soccer game, cheered for her, came home, skyped with Anna, and now I'm blogging. Whew!
It was a long day. And Spanish seems like... forever ago! But it was great. The whole day.
And now I'm going to do NIPTO. And if I have time tomorrow, I'll blog more about today, kay?

Acts 21:17-26 (I'm keeping it short tonight)
17When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers received us warmly. 18The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present. 19Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.

They got to Jerusalem and had a warm welcome. The next day they went to see James! Fun! I like seeing people. Paul told them what had been going on and what was cracka-lackin. At length. In great detail.

 20When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. 21They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs.

They heard what was going on and praised God. He was doing miraculous things in people's lives. They were talking to Paul and were telling him about how many people there were that were believing and that were passionate! But they were confused. Because for a long long long time people had been taught to follow the Law that Moses made. And they were all confuzzled. So what should they do? 

22What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, 23so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. 24Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. 25As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality."

SO. They knew that people would know that Paul was coming. There were 4 men who had taken a vow. They went through purification rites so that everyone would know that Paul was still following the law. 

They had written the Gentiles a letter telling them to abstain from all those thing. *yawn* (literally. Not literaturally. Bah. It's late. That was terrible.)

 26The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.

So Paul purified the men and went to the temple to "report it," I guess, so that they would know the proper time for sacrifices to be made.

And that's it. This may have made sense. It might not've. But it's all okay.
I'm about to fall asleep on the couch, so good night.

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