Turn from your wicked ways! (Acts 3:26)

“God raised up

His servant.

He sent him

First to you,

To bless you

By turning

Each one of you

From your wicked ways.”

ὑμῖν πρῶτον ἀναστήσας ὁ Θεὸς τὸν Παῖδα αὐτοῦ ἀπέστειλεν αὐτὸν εὐλογοῦντα ὑμᾶς ἐν τῷ ἀποστρέφειν ἕκαστον ἀπὸ τῶν πονηριῶν ὑμῶν.

The author of Acts indicated that Peter said that God (ὁ Θεὸς) had raised up (ἀναστήσας) his servant (τὸν Παῖδα αὐτοῦ).  He sent him (ἀπέστειλεν αὐτὸν) first to them (ὑμῖν πρῶτον) to bless them (εὐλογοῦντα ὑμᾶς) by turning each one of them (ἐν τῷ ἀποστρέφειν ἕκαστον) from their wicked ways (ἀπὸ τῶν πονηριῶν ὑμῶν).  Clearly, Jesus came to the Jewish followers of Abraham, Moses, and the prophets first.  They were blessed to have this occasion to turn away from their wickedness.  Whether they did or not was their own choice.  The gentiles were a distant second.  Do you consider turning away from your evil ways as a blessing?

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