"[16] Amazingly, they "knew that many of the chief priests and elders would favor their murderous designs,"[17] indicating that the satanic behavior in the temple was known to many and recognized as typical of their operations. Acts 23:2 = The high priest, Ananias, ordered Paul to be slapped! Revilest thou God's high priest ... ? [17] Matthew Henry, Henry-Scott Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1960), p. 523. nothing" (Acts 23:14)? So the commander let the young man GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. bibleversestudy.com/acts/acts23-commentary.htm, bibleversestudy.com/acts/acts23-whitewashed-wall.htm, bibleversestudy.com/acts/acts23-pharisees-and-sadducees.htm, bibleversestudy.com/acts/acts23-be-of-good-cheer.htm, bibleversestudy.com/acts/acts23-pauls-nephew.htm, bibleversestudy.com/acts/acts23-claudius-lysias.htm. But God often gives us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point The New Testament And when it was told me that the Jews lay in wait for the man, I sent him immediately to you, and also commanded his accusers to state before you the charges against him. Acts 23:1-10. Once the moral nature of man is decapitated at the highest level, the consequent descent to lower and lower levels of shame, carnality and depravity is inevitable and accelerated. It's strange how people with nothing in common will come together as friends to oppose God or His work. Johannine Writings iii. b. He had the opportunity to preach to a huge crowd of attentive Jews on the temple mount, and now an opportunity to preach to the Sanhedrin - and both opportunities blew up in his face. a. What province ... ? He simply said, "I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.". He was succeeded by Festus. 211. speak to Paul? depart, and commanded him, "Tell no one that you have revealed these things to me.". 23 Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, () I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” 2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him () to strike him on the mouth. Have you received the Lord's words of encouragement and promise to you? "He must have been confused and disgusted. the "great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul" (Acts "[23], Felix ... See under preceding verse. This was the historic court of the Hebrews called the Sanhedrin, including perhaps some of the very men who had condemned Jesus to death. And he said, The Jews have agreed to ask thee to bring down Paul tomorrow unto the council, as though thou wouldest inquire somewhat more exactly concerning him. And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the castle. So the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. As Alexander Campbell noted: That Paul on this occasion elected to state the fundamental precept of Christianity in such a manner as to divide his foes was a stroke of genius and should be praised and appreciated. General Epistles 1. Paul's statement in 1 Corinthians 4:4 is relevant: For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord. iv. He put down certain brigands and robbers, "but he himself was worse than any of them. The Gospels God wants to meet you in whatever you are facing now. The words are capable of either construction. And they were more than forty that made this conspiracy. In the meanwhile, forty desperate men, armed with daggers, would waylay the escort as they started for the meeting place and murder Paul before he ever appeared before the Sanhedrin, which of course would have professed surprise and avoided all implications involving themselves. Q. B. Eerdmans, Publishers, 1954), p. 449. God not only knows what we need to hear; He knows when we need to hear it. This was doubtless a prophecy put in Paul's mouth by the Lord; for it is a fact that not many years later the reprobate Ananias was murdered by his own people at the time of the beginning of the Jewish war. What does Claudius Lysias imply in Acts 23:27? https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/acts-23.html. Historical Books But the results were not his responsibility. Pauline Epistles 2. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy c. The assessment that Paul had nothing charged against him deserving of death or chains was important for Luke to record. [1] Don DeWelt, Acts Made Actual (Joplin, Missouri: College Press, 1958), p. 295. True enough, the current holder of the office was vile; but the office itself had long been accounted sacred. cit., p. 43. Not because everything is fine; but because God is still on His throne, and He still holds to His promise that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Lysias had saved Paul's life in each of the three riots, and would be called upon to save it a fourth time the next day. The plot to kill Paul was skillfully designed and would in all probability have succeeded if it had not been providentially frustrated. Antipatris? God knows I have been here for years." [14] E. H. Trenchard, A New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969), p. 331. Why did the "soldiers" (Acts 23:31) turn around at The center of Paul's gospel was a resurrected Jesus. ii. And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided. When you are feeling down or lonely, do you first seek the How did Paul say these words in Acts 23:3? Now when there arose a great dissension: The commander must now be certain that these Jews are crazy in their endless and violent disputes. It would have helped to hear Paul's tone of voice as he rebuked the high priest; was it an outburst of anger, or was it a calm, collected rebuke with that much more weight to it? It was illegal to smite a man who had not been condemned; and, as yet, Paul had not even been tried; but such nice distinctions concerning the rights of defendants had long before ceased to exist in the reprobate court known as the Sanhedrin. The Gospels The care with which Lysias protected himself against any possible eavesdropping is notable, and his caution was well rewarded; for after receiving the tip-off on what was afoot, he could move without the temple conspirators' knowledge that he had intentionally acted to thwart their murder of an innocent man. The words be of good cheer tell us that the night brought with it an emotional and perhaps spiritual darkness upon Paul. Christ himself comforted and strengthened his apostle. B. Eerdmans, Publishers, 1966), p. 591. Jesus' physical presence (as it seems was the case) with Paul was a unique manifestation. For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?" We sometimes think we are surrendering to Jesus when we are really only demanding an escape. Otherwise, it would not be true that "We walk by faith and not by sight." It would be interesting to know just how this lad learned so much about that conspiracy, and if his mother was a Christian, and why, if they were living in Jerusalem, Paul would have been staying with Mnason instead of his sister, etc.

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