The apostle Paul was a funny guy. Not stand-up comic funny (although he did have some zingers), but his actions have a comedic aspect to them at times.
In Acts 14:19-20, he gets a group of Jews mad at him.
Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
Instead of doing what any right-thinking person would do, of going away from a place where people had almost killed him, he went back into the city.
Huh? What kind of backwards thinking is this? He could have walked away, and by all human thought should have walked away. Instead he went back into the figurative lion’s den.
It’s almost like he was on a mission or something.
And wouldn’t it have been fun to hear what he said after he went back in. Did he confront his almost-murderers? Did he provide comfort to the believers there, encouraging them by example as much as by his words?
We won’t know, not until we get to Heaven. And we’ll probably have other things to do then. In the meantime, let’s work on our own book of acts.