A Porch With a Purpose

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And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.  And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.”  Acts 5:12

When you have time; read all of Acts 5 to enjoy the whole story of Solomon’s Porch.

Porches have a purpose.  Some porches by virtue of their appearance; bid us to come sit a spell and be refreshed. Some are just large enough to provide a visitor shelter from the elements, as he waits to be invited on the inside of the dwelling place.

                                                                           Solomon’s porch was different.

Historically, this was a porch with a purpose.  According to Bible History online I found the following: “This was the hall of judgement where the king would make judgements and exercise justice.”  

“The porch of Solomon was no doubt a special place for Jesus. It was here that Jesus was seen often, speaking and teaching the people or just walking, as in John 10 during the festival of “lamps” or chanukkah, which commemorates the re-dedication of the temple and of God to His people. Later, after His death his disciples gathered here often.”

Following in their Savior’s footsteps; the apostles had no fear of becoming unpopular.  Why?  Because; their devotion was to the Lord and not to the people.  They did not care what “people” thought.  They didn’t even care when the Jewish leaders told them not to speak of Jesus.   They had to proclaim the truth of their Lord.

Verse 14 declares; “believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.”  Who are “the rest” who dared not join them?  If you read the previous verses to our text, you will see “the rest” had just seen Ananias and Sapphira killed for lying. That would strike the fear of God in any on looker.  

Verse 12 declares the apostles had done many signs and wonders among the people.  This verse declares them all in one accord.  It goes on to say the people esteemed them highly and multitudes of men and women were believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.

“The rest,” knew that “judgement”  could fall upon them. They chose to remain observers rather than believers.

Solomon’s porch served as a place of judgement but also a place where truth was spoken.  After hearing the message of the apostles; the people had a decision to make.  Choose Christ or not.

Do you have a porch with a purpose?  When someone comes knocking at your door, make your porch a place for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

Prayer in Motion:

Dear Jesus, may I offer Your gospel to any who come to my porch.  May I go to the porches of my neighbors to tell them the truth of  Your Good News.  I love You Lord and I want to unashamedly bring truth to those in my neighborhood.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

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Libby Williams

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