Day 140 - Acts 23

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V.1 Many years before Paul had been a member of that council, and when Christians were tried for life or death, had given his vote against them (26:10). Now he was himself the accused at the bar of these self-righteous judges.
The Jews were trying to convince Lysius, the Roman officer, that he was a revolutionary or a disturber of the peace. He frankly confesses he had sinned greatly in his former life (see 26:9-10).
V.2-5 We must contrast Paul’s unguarded remarks here, with the sublime perfection of our blessed Lord’s divine meekness when He answered this same council in John 18:3333Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? (John 18:33). Paul was acting in the flesh — which we all have.
V.11 With Pharisees and Sadducees clamoring for his life, without the comfort of having believers close to him, even the brave heart of the powerful Apostle might have sagged. Who came and stood beside him? What did the Visitor say? Is He close to us? Yes He is! Our night too is soon to change to everlasting day. He was fulfilling what God had appointed him to do at the time he had been saved (Read Acts 9:1515But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: (Acts 9:15)).
V.12-35 Over 40 people banded together and agreed that they would not eat or drink until they had killed Paul! Read Isaiah 1:2121How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. (Isaiah 1:21) to see that the hearts of men had not changed toward God.
V.14-24 God had His boy at the right place to hear of this wicked plot. He was Paul’s nephew. Paul sends him to Lysius, the chief captain.
V.25-30 A clever, deceptive letter, highlighting his actions as if they were all taken to protect a Roman citizen.
V.34-35 Felix the governor reads the letter, and decides to hear the case when the accusers arrive.