OCTOBER 24: INTIMACY

 INTIMACY

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And found a certain Jew named Aquilla born in Pontus, lately come from Italy with his wife, Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome,) and came to them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought, for by their occupation they were tentmakers."
Acts 18:2-3
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Intimacy - An internally shared attachment to another.
-An emotional bond shared through "togetherness."
-The experience of closeness to another.
Aquilla and Priscilla shared an intimate companionship forged of suffering, movement, and interlocking minds and spirits.
Together they achieved a notable intimate union by which they fan to flame a certain spark in our own.
Three mutual virtues of Aquilla and Priscilla:
Resilience, Discernment, Wisdom.
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This day marks our 30th year Anniversary;
With affection and fondness to the one my heart loves, this devotion is dedicated.
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Today's Read: Acts 18; Romans 16; 2 Timothy 4:19
Aquilla and Priscilla were notable counterparts that brought strength to one another, and to others, through their excellent blend of personality and passion.
Employed as tentmakers in Corinth, the couple had been forced out of Rome by the Emperor Claudius, who was bent on the mission of expelling the Jews.
True to their commitment to one another, the couple pulled up stakes and made their new and temporal home in Corinth ... where they met Paul.
Bustling with activity and entrenched in idolatry, paganism, and godless living, Corinth was  a habitat ripe for the spread of the Gospel and teeming with ministry opportunity.
Small wonder that Paul's timely and ordained intersection with Aquilla and Priscilla should  be forged of such notable impact.
 The three were destined and earmarked for service based on their love for God, love for people, hunger for His word, and a shared "tentmaking" vocation.
The excellent combination of these three individuals would keep them tied to each other until "death did them part."
And then death would bring them nearer.
For eternity is merely the entrance into ... the most intimate of places.
Paul's reference to Aquilla and Priscilla, throughout his empassioned journey on earth, is flavored with the element of the boldest and most endearing of affections and of notability:
-Aquilla and Priscilla are always "a pair."
-Always accompanied by the presence of the other.
-Always commended for their labor in the Gospel ... come what may.
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God forges special couples through very special trials;
And the "fire" each couple is exposed to, and their response to that fire, is perhaps the greatest testimony of all to the power and manifestation of God.
To endure expulsion, exposure, and elimination as a people group and as a couple, as Aquilla and Priscilla did, forged its own unique bond and God dispersed them and employed them in a station of His making at just the right time.
So then ...
What Claudius tried to elimate,
God chose to illuminate.

And God's strength and glory is His story in our end.
For the bond of marriage and the sacred ties which bind;
God be praised.
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"Salute Priscilla and Aquilla, and the household of Onesiphorus."
2 Timothy 4:19