Acts 21:15-40

“But as for the Gentiles who have believed …” (v25).  At the core of ancient Jewish identity was the idea of separateness, and therefore Paul’s fellowship with Gentiles continued to be a problem.  Some who believed in Jesus were still “zealous for the law” and suspicious of Paul’s actions (v20), and non-believers accused Paul of blasphemy (v27-28).  Paul was willing to respect Jewish traditions (v26), but he was not willing to give up the message that salvation in Christ was for Gentiles too (ch 22).

“Away with him!” (v36).  The truth of the gospel causes upheaval in every society, as Jesus calls us to give up all kinds of immorality and prejudice and embrace grace for ourselves and others.