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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Acts 23

Tricksy wee Apostle

Paul told the Sanhedrin that he didn't feel at all guilty. Paul was very careful to respect them, according to the law. But Paul knew the panel had divided opinions, so he asked a question he knew they disagreed on. It got so vicious that Paul had to be removed. God told Paul that he would preach in Rome.

40 people decided to kill Paul before they ate again. They tried to get Paul before the Sanhedrin again, but the commander who was looking after Paul was tipped off, and helped Paul escape to Caesarea by giving him hundreds of bodyguards. The commander told Felix, the governor, that Paul was coming.

Key verse:
12. The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.

My thoughts:
What a fuss this Paul dude is causing. His presence caused quite a stir in Jerusalem.

The character of the commander is an interesting one. The city wants to kill Paul, but this Roman is Paul's ardent protector. He is absolutely concerned with Paul's safety. The Romans had no problems with the Christians at this stage.


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