Saturday, June 9, 2018

Ask for a Priscilla & Aquila!



Paul arrived at Corinth and met Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. This couple constructed tents—just like Paul. Being a tent-maker in those days was much like being a house builder. Both had to understand the need, dimension, fitting things together, and quality construction—all things which helped in ministry.  Paul joined forces with this couple to make tents (even moving in with them) but he taught at the synagogue on the Sabbath. Within time, it appears that Paul was spending more time teaching than constructing tents—probably at the encouragement of his partners. 

It’s obvious that these three formed a strong bond. Conflict began to arise among the Jews over Paul’s teaching and they attacked him and took him before the proconsul who then told the Jewish leaders to deal with the issue themselves. The leader of the synagogue was publicly flogged for allowing Paul to preach. Eventually, Paul left Corinth for Syria—in the company of Priscilla & Aquila. 

Attacks against the preacher are nothing new. Many of the early preachers were martyred—because Satan wanted to stop the beginning flow of the sharing of the gospel. I believe as the return of Christ draws near, attacks on the preacher of the gospel are increasing. 

God once asked me to speak His message openly in a congregation and I obeyed. I was crucified. But guess who stepped up in my defense?  My Priscillas and Aquilas. The amazing thing about a Priscilla & an Aquila is that they don’t blindly defend YOU. They are a defender of the truth and will lovingly correct you, if necessary. 

Find your Priscilla & Aquila.  They will work hard alongside you.  They will follow you as you preach the gospel. They will even become strong teachers themselves!  Priscilla & Aquila taught Apollos the rest of the story when they heard him teach the teachings of John. Some scholars even believe Priscilla was the author of Hebrews. But most importantly, they will stand with you to defend the truth.  Every good warrior needs someone covering his back. Ask God to bring your Priscilla & Aquila alongside you. 

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