Acts Chapter 23

Acts 23

1And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

2And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

3Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

4And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?

5Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

6But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

7And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

8For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

9And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

10And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

12And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

13And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

14And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.

15Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.

16And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.

17Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him.

18So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.

19Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?

20And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.

21But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.

22So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

23And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;

24And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

25And he wrote a letter after this manner:

26Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.

27This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.

28And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council:

29Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.

30And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.

31Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

32On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:

33Who, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.

34And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;

35I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

 

32 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 23

  1. v 8 shows the pitiful state of the Sadducees who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. They had to “see” something to believe it. If we are to BE CHURCH we must believe those things we cannot see (in other words have FAITH)
    v11 shows the promise of God that Paul’s work was not finished but that he would be going to Rome . Man cannot squelch the will of God. God has given our Pastor a vision for Fort Worth. Man cannot de-rail what God has put in to motion I want to be on board for this miraculous event. I want to BE CHURCH!

  2. So many times we are afraid to speap the truth about Jesus. What would happen if we would go to our jobs and our schools and proclaimed That Jesus is Lord. We would be labeled as craze, btu it would be craze if we didn’t do that which God told us to do.That is to minister the Gosple of Jesus Christ. “BE CHURCH”

  3. Paul, a strong man in the Lord, who only fears what God can do! Even when knowing he has mnay enemies wanting to kill him he never shows fear!

  4. The Lord was with Paul as Verse 11 says….And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. Other versions say, “Don’t worry”, “Take courage”, “It’s going to be all right. Everything is going to turn out for the best”, “Be encouraged”, “Be Brave” and “Don’t lose your courage.”

    • makes me wonder if he wsan’t nervious about what was to come, and because God is so good, God sent a small word to encourage him when noone else could get there to.

  5. Paul’s mind and strategies dont stop from surprising me. He made a careful observation of his enemy, saw their weaknesses and used it against them. By dividing them in which they differ, the believe of resurrection, he was able to divert the attention to them instead of to him. That also allowed him to take the opportunity to plead and share that he too believes in the resurrection. We all need to take a good look at the enemies that sorround us, and in the same way use the word of God, and the Hope of resurrection to make them flee.

  6. I thought it was neat to find out that it was his nephew that warned of the plan to attack and kill Paul…

    God’s prophecy is comming true for Paul. His own kindred ( the Pharisees- vs6) have bound him and are activly trying to kill him.
    Paul has been faithful to continually teach and preach the word of God and God is faithfully taking care of him, so much as to the point that 470 soldiers are taking him to the governor of Rome(vs23). Now Paul has a chance to have a seat with the head or Rome and tell him about the wonderful gosple of Jesus. When we are as addiment about telling God’s word as Paul God will also give us similar oppertunities. let’s be church and spread His word…

  7. I was thinking on vs. 11 this morning. The Lord told Paul to be of good cheer. He was also going to bear witness of him in Rome. This chapter made me think of the scripture found in Isaiah 54:17. “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” When God has a plan and purpose for us, and we are called of God, there isn’t anything the enemy can do to stop it. So be of Good Cheer and BE CHURCH.

  8. (11)AND THE FOLLOWING NIGHT THE LORD STOOD BY HIM AND SAID:”Be of good cheer Paul:FOR AS THOU HAST TESTIFIED OF ME IN JERUSALEM,so much thou bear witness also at Rome. All i have to say is that we need to put our 100%trust in the Lord,to keep focusing on him and he will bring it to pass”I will never leave you not forsake you”trust me…

  9. Notice how they tried to twist the law to suit their purpose and trap Paul, yet Paul used it to point out their wrongdoing? They schemed and planned to no avail; Paul stood on faith and trusted the Lord’s will, not seeking his own way. What a contrast we can see here. So should others see in how we live out or faith, in contrast to how the world lives…

  10. Just like Paul, we should be strong and stand up for God. Goind to Rome, is like going into the city of Ft Worth and reaching out to people. We should put on the armor of God, be ready for those fiery darts thrown our way, and our God will shield us and keep us safe!

  11. It is shocking to see the lengths that people will go to fight against something different than what they believe! These men bound themselves to an oath to kill Paul!

    But thank the Lord that God himself stood by Paul and comforted him. Paul receives both comfort and direction. Great is God’s love for his people!

    We can trust in him to provide all our needs in all kinds of circumstances-I am so THANKFUL!

  12. Simply amazing vs 12-14 God promises that he will be rescued so that Paul will not die. Imagine the confidence in God’s words he had. An amazing 440 man army was sent to recue, proving that when God says it’s time to come out he does it with a mighty hand!

  13. God has key people in place to assist His will and purpose to come to pass. He was pleased that Paul was so wholehearted testifing and preaching about who He was, and what He desired to do in His life. He orchestrated the nephew to be in the right place at the right time, to hear the plan for destruction that was to come.

    On our mission of becoming the CHURCH that God desires us to be, if we will be sensitive to the spirit of God in our lives, He will direct ourselves that we might prevent destruction in other’s lives, as well as our by listening and then obeying where He leads us.

  14. v6-8 Paul’s sudden insight that the council was a mixture of Sadducees and Pharisees is an example of the power that Jesus promised to believers. God will help us when we are under fire for our faith. Like Paul, we should always be ready to present our testimony. The Holy Spirit will give us power to speak boldly.

    v16-22 It is easy to overlook children, assuming that they aren’t old enough to do much for the Lord, but a young man played an important part in protecting Paul’s life. God can use anyone, of any age, who is willing to yield to him. Jesus made it clear that children are important. We need to give children the importance God gives them.

    v 23-24 The Roman commander ordered Paul sent to Caesarea. Jerusalem was the seat of Jewish government, but Caesarea was the Roman headquarters for the area. God works in amazing and amusing ways. God could have used any number of ways to get Paul to Caesarea, but he chose to use the Roman army to deliver Paul from his enemies. God’s ways are not our ways. Ours are limited; his are not! Don’t limit God by asking him to respond your way. When God intervenes, anything can happen, so much more and so much better than we could have ever anticipated.

  15. WHAT BOLDNESS…NO FEAR..AND TRUSTING THE LORD!!! THE LORD HIMSELF SAYING TO PAUL BE OF GOOD CHEER. THAT IS ALL THAT IT TOOK FOR PAUL. LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF THE MESSIAH. JUST A REMINDER THAT THE LORD IS WITH YOU NO MATTER HOW MANY COME AGAINST YOU OR EVEN WHAT EVIL THEY SPEAK OF YOU. THE LORD’S WORD IS TRUE AND STANDS TO THE DAY. PRAISE THE LORD WHEN HE TELLS ME “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU” ENCOURAGING WORDS FOR ME I HOLD ON TO HIS PROMISES!!!

  16. In Acts 23:1-2, Ananias smote Paul for saying, “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” Paul was a man who spoke with purpose and authority. He said what he wanted with no thought of cost, kind of like Peter who impulsively sliced off the ear of a servant belonging to the high priest that came to arrest Jesus (Matthew 26:51). So Paul didn’t hesitate to rebuke him for smiting him on the mouth. He had spoken the truth and it wasn’t Ananias’ place to judge him. Paul salted his wound by saying, “God will smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?” (Acts 23:3) Then he really put himself in hot water by answering the question, “Revilest thou God’s high priest?” He answered, “I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people” (Acts 23:5). However, after this last rebuttal, he managed to shift the interest from himself to the Pharisees and Sadducees who caused a riot.
    The law didn’t allow the high priest to judge small offences or give punishment. Moses made the wise and well-known tribal chiefs judges over the people (Deuteronomy 1:15, 16; Exodus 18:25, 26). From the time of Moses, these elders would make the smaller judgments and decisions and bring only the greater causes to Moses who would take them to God. (See Exodus 18:22, 26) In Deuteronomy 22:18, it was the elders who took the man and chastised him. This law freed up Moses (the priest) to teach ordnances and laws (Exodus 18:20,). In Acts 14:23, the apostles ordained the elders in every church. These elders, not the priests, made the decisions concerning circumcision. (Acts 15:2, 6 and 22) This law gave the priest time to commune with God and to teach the people, not to judge whether or not Paul told the truth when he said he had a clear conscience toward God.
    Paul was very effective partly because he knew the Word of God. He could recite the Law of Moses without hesitation. He knew how the law tied in with the crucifixion of Jesus and the plan of salvation. It takes a lot of time and work to study the Bible properly, but if we are to be effective, like Paul, we must know the Word of God. We must know where certain scriptures are found and how to use them. Bible references build confidence in our hearts and give life to our testimonies.

  17. GOD honors FAITH. Through speaking truth Paul was empowered to literally divide the house of opposition against him.

    When 40 men purposed to fast until his death; through the positioning, courage and obedience of a few individuals. The LORD was mighty in battle; providing 400 men and 70 Horsemen to deliver Paul.

    As we are faithful and obedient the LORD Jesus will fight our battles!

    BE Church by being faithful and obedient even when the odds are against you.

  18. It’s beautiful that God was so content with Paul because his love and boldness to preach the gospel we can see that in acts 23:11.

  19. God knows how to look out for his people. There were men (spirits) lying in wait for us one day, but God saw fit to take us on a detour, heavily guarded by his word. Even though we can’t see the ambush in our lives, God is always a step ahead of the game.

  20. What a testimony, one could only wish to be as faithful and brave as Paul. There are stories today of many that have been as bold, which is truly inspiring. Thank God for Saints of this caliber.

  21. I thought it was interesting the differing beliefs of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Reminds me of the variety of different beliefs from churches labeled Christian (some don’t believe in the infilling of the Holy Ghost or miracles in these current times, some don’t believe in physical baptism, etc.) Interesting how the same origin is claimed yet the beliefs can differ so greatly.

  22. Wow, the blood thirst of the people amaze me! Satan really wanted him dead but I love this verse…11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
    The Lord stood beside him…this is our trust and hope.

  23. Paul used his wit to cause the enemy to fight among themselves. God will fight for us if we will let him as He did in the Old Testament.

  24. God told Paul tobe of good cheer I think it seems hard for us to do that at times but when we keep our eyes on God the word in our hearts & the testimony in our words there is no one who can come against us

  25. PAUL RESPECTED AUTHORITY MORE THAN WE DO TODAY.

    5Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

  26. The Plot to Kill Paul 12. And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13. And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. 14. And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. 15. Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him. 16. And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. 17. Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him. 18. So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee. 19. Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me? 20. And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly. 21.But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.

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