Read Acts 23
Paul is brought before the council. Paul mouths off. Annias the High Priest orders them to strike Paul’s mouth. They tell Paul that’s the High Priest. Paul says he didn’t know and quotes Scripture “you shall not speak evil of a ruler of the your people.” How humbling.
Check out these Scriptures in case you need to consider our governmental leaders:
- Leviticuas 5:17-18
- Exodos 22:28
- Ecclesiastes 10:20
- 2 Peter 2:10
So Paul is before these leaders. The Pharisees believed in the resurrection and the Sadduces don’t. This works to Paul’s favor.
Attempt to Kill Paul
Later in verse 12 – 15 we see some Jews take an oath to not eat or drink until they kill Paul. What’s that about?
First off, Jews are not permitted to kill anyone. So why would these Jews plot to kill Paul. (John 18:31)
Second, this is a stupid oath. Planning kill is not God’s will. Not eating or drinking would kill self, which is also not God’s will.
Thirdly, this oath is a rash decision. What were they trying to prove?
Next in verse 16 – 22 we see Paul’s nephew hears about the plan to kill Paul and tells Paul about it. Paul wastes no time and sends his nephew to the commander. Watch what the commander does!
We see the commander rallies the troops. He gets 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen, and 200 spearmen. That’s 470 guards to protect Paul!
There’s a letter written to Governor Felix explaining what’s going on with Paul. How they are attempting to get Paul to him but there is concern over an assignation attempt planned they would rather not see completed.
Closer to the Goal
Isn’t is neat to see how God uses what man meant for evil and turns it out for good. He protected Paul so he was moved closer to the goal – – Rome!
So no matter what men plan to do, it will all work out according to God’s plan! Isn’t better to be aligned with God than man?
O Lord thank you for your mercy and grace on us. Thank you for always being with us. Thank you for using all things for good to those who love you and are called according to your purposes. In Jesus’ name align us to your will. Amen.