24 Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe. 25 And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, 26 saying,‘Go to this people and say,“You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;27 For the heart of this people has become dull,And with their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes;Otherwise they might see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart and return,And I would heal them.”’ 28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will also listen.” 29 When he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.30 And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.
The Lord wants to be to His children, He made them worship & love Him. He tried to establish a relationship with Israel, but they were always wrestled & struggled with God, causing a distance. Many times, the Jewish people wanted to be like the nations around them & they pulled the presence of the Lord, farther away. When one person is away from, a live, ‘estrangement,’ happens.’ So while he is being trial, he does his battle, with the word of God, from Isaiah, promising that teach salvation is available to all the world. These words of scripture were familiar to the Jewish leaders, & all they could do is leave Paul & walk away, grumbling to each other. Even if the message of salvation is available to us, & God wants a relationship with us, we can push the Lord away, & a estrangement can happen. If we want a close relationship with the Lord, we have to do, want what they didn’t do, listen & obey God. If you want happiness, draw yourself closer to God & He will draw closer to you. Amen. God bless you all. The Lord Jesus loves you & so do I. Sam H.