“He left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.”
In contending with certain sins there remains no mode of victory but by flight. The ancient naturalists wrote much of basilisks, whose eyes fascinated their victims and rendered them easy victims; so the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in solemn danger. He who would be safe from acts of evil must haste away from occasions of it. A covenant must be made with our eyes not even to look upon the cause of temptation, for such sins only need a spark to begin with and a blaze follows in an instant. Who would wantonly enter the leper’s prison and sleep amid its horrible corruption? He only who desires to be leprous himself would thus court contagion. If the mariner knew how to avoid a storm, he would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it. Cautious pilots have no desire to try how near the quicksand they can sail, or how often they may touch a rock without springing a leak; their aim is to keep as nearly as possible in the midst of a safe channel.
This day I may be exposed to great peril, let me have the serpent’s wisdom to keep out of it and avoid it. The wings of a dove may be of more use to me today than the jaws of a lion. It is true I may be an apparent loser by declining evil company, but I had better leave my cloak than lose my character; it is not needful that I should be rich, but it is imperative upon me to be pure. No ties of friendship, no chains of beauty, no flashings of talent, no shafts of ridicule must turn me from the wise resolve to flee from sin. The devil I am to resist and he will flee from me, but the lusts of the flesh, I must flee, or they will surely overcome me. O God of holiness preserve thy Josephs, that Madam Bubble bewitch them not with her vile suggestions. May the horrible trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil, never overcome us!
“In their affliction they will seek me early.”
Losses and adversities are frequently the means which the great Shepherd uses to fetch home his wandering sheep; like fierce dogs they worry the wanderers back to the fold. There is no making lions tame if they are too well fed; they must be brought down from their great strength, and their stomachs must be lowered, and then they will submit to the tamer’s hand; and often have we seen the Christian rendered obedient to the Lord’s will by straitness of bread and hard labour. When rich and increased in goods many professors carry their heads much too loftily, and speak exceeding boastfully. Like David, they flatter themselves, “My mountain standeth fast; I shall never be moved.” When the Christian groweth wealthy, is in good repute, hath good health, and a happy family, he too often admits Mr. Carnal Security to feast at his table, and then if he be a true child of God there is a rod preparing for him. Wait awhile, and it may be you will see his substance melt away as a dream. There goes a portion of his estate–how soon the acres change hands. That debt, that dishonoured bill–how fast his losses roll in, where will they end? It is a blessed sign of divine life if when these embarrassments occur one after another he begins to be distressed about his backslidings, and betakes himself to his God. Blessed are the waves that wash the mariner upon the rock of salvation! Losses in business are often sanctified to our soul’s enriching. If the chosen soul will not come to the Lord full-handed, it shall come empty. If God, in his grace, findeth no other means of making us honour him among men, he will cast us into the deep; if we fail to honour him on the pinnacle of riches, he will bring us into the valley of poverty. Yet faint not, heir of sorrow, when thou art thus rebuked, rather recognize the loving hand which chastens, and say, “I will arise, and go unto my Father.”
All rights belong to the collection of Charles Spurgeon(C)
26Â Then Agrippa said to Paul, â€œYou have permission to speak for yourself.â€
So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: 2Â â€œKing Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, 3Â and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.
4Â â€œThe Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. 5Â They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sect of our religion, living as a Pharisee. 6Â And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today.7Â This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me.8Â Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?
9Â â€œI too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10Â And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lordâ€™s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11Â Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.
12Â â€œOn one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13Â About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions.14Â We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, â€˜Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.â€™
15Â â€œThen I asked, â€˜Who are you, Lord?â€™
â€œ â€˜I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,â€™ the Lord replied. 16Â â€˜Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. 17Â I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18Â to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.â€™
19Â â€œSo then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20Â First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. 21Â That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22Â But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happenâ€” 23Â that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.â€
24Â At this point Festus interrupted Paulâ€™s defense. â€œYou are out of your mind, Paul!â€ he shouted. â€œYour great learning is driving you insane.â€
25Â â€œI am not insane, most excellent Festus,â€ Paul replied. â€œWhat I am saying is true and reasonable. 26Â The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.27Â King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.â€
28Â Then Agrippa said to Paul, â€œDo you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?â€
29Â Paul replied, â€œShort time or longâ€”I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.â€
30Â The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them.31Â After they left the room, they began saying to one another, â€œThis man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.â€
32Â Agrippa said to Festus, â€œThis man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.â€
Definition of GOAD
Examples of GOAD
- The threat of legal action is a powerful goad to companies that have ignored the regulations.
- sufficient goad for using sunscreen>
Origin of GOAD
Related to GOAD
Definition of GOAD
Examples of GOAD
- The threat of legal action should goad them into complying.
- <tried to goad me into auditioning for the play>
First Known Use of GOAD
Learn More About GOAD
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Goa cedar
All Words Near: goad
In the Bible what does to ‘kick against the goads’ mean?
The relation in modern day is that Paul is telling us that people still “kick against the goads” today. There is a way of right life & right belief but we fight it. And in doing so, we aren’t hurting God… we are only hurting ourselves.