Our incorruptible Father in heaven gave us His best. We can never out-give God or merit His best. He blesses us by His grace and mercy not because of what we can ever be or do. Thank You Lord we cannot bribe You.
He also hoped that Paul would bribe him, so he sent for him quite often and talked with him. (Acts 24:26)
Relate: Back in the early days of the Roman Empire (as contrasted with the Roman Republic which Julius and Octavian effectively put an end to), things were a bit more honest. Felix wanted a bribe, so he kept Paul in jail but frequently talked with the man giving him apple opportunity to offer it. It was basically, “You’re in prison. When you pay me, I’ll let you out.” Paul never did. As a result Felix left Paul there in prison for the next guy as a “favor” to the Jews. I wonder how much they were paying him.
It is easy for us to to sit back and act all smug about how these “barbaric” cultures in the past ran on…
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