Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

(For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him previously, and they assumed Paul had brought him into the inner temple courts.) Acts 21.29

How often do you assume too much? Instead of asking the simple question “Why?” or “What?”, you jump to the wrong conclusions, many times, causing not only yourself, but others great sorrow, not to mention confusion.

Paul had returned to Jerusalem. He had taken a vow along with four others. He had gone to the temple to give notice of the day when their purification would be completed, when the sacrifice would be offered for each of them.

Having almost completed the days of purification, some Jews from the province of Asia, having seen Paul in the city with Trophimus, who was a Greek from Ephesus, stirred up the people. They falsely accused Paul of having brought Greeks into the inner courts of the temple. They assumed that since Paul was seen with Trophimus in the city, Paul had also taken him into the inner courts of the temple making it unclean ritually.

What followed was an angry mob that tried to kill Paul by beating him. When soldiers arrived, the commanding officer was unable to get to the truth because of the disturbance. Paul had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob.

All because someone assumed the wrong thing.

#risingjoy #devotional #assumptions

Lots of things are said and taken as…

Lots of things are said and taken as truth just because they are repeated. But not everything that is said to be true is true. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus repeatedly corrected traditional views and sayings. He said, you’ve heard that it has been said, but I say unto you. The same thing goes on today. If something is repeated often enough, some assume it is so. Instead of assuming something is true we need to put it to the test. Paul said, prove all things, hold fast to that which is good. Let’s try a couple. How about “you can prove anything by the Bible.” That may be so if you misuse the Bible. But it certainly isn’t so if it’s handled rightly. What about “there are many dif­ferent roads to heaven.” That, too is false. There is only one way: Jesus is the only way. This is Just-A-Minute.

#assumptions, #one-way, #truth

Daily Nudge: hunches and assumptions

Name a hunch you got right. And an assumption that was all wrong.

A hunch is an impression that something might be the case. An assumption is a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.

We can probably come up with some biblical hunches and assumptions that were both right and wrong.

Those don’t have much to do with faith, though, do they?

(Was going to post an image, but for “hunch” all I got were curved backs, and for “assumption,” only paintings of the Virgin Mary.)

#assumptions, #conclusions, #hunches, #nudge