Acts Chapter 23

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Acts 23

1 And Paul, earnestly beholding 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 them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

3 Then 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?

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

5 Then 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.

6 But 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.

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

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

9 And 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.

10 And 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.

11 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.

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.

22 So 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.

23 And 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;

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

25 And he wrote a letter after this manner:

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

27 This 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.

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

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

30 And 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.

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

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

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

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

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

21 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 23

  1. 3. Then 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?

    If we claim to live by a certain set of rules but our actions and how we treat others prove otherwise, people will notice and our chances of reaching them will be ruined.

  2. 23:11 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.

    Acts 17:9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace :

    Do not keep silent!!!

  3. Be of Good Cheer, “BE HAPPY”

    Vs.11, “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.”

    Cheer means gaiety; gladness; joy; encouragement; comfort.

    There’s nothing like a word of encouragement or peptalk from the Lord himself. The Lord was basicly telling Paul to “BE HAPPY” in knowing that he wasn’t finished with him. He had more work for him to do. Not only was Paul a witness in Jerusalem, but he was to be a witness in Rome as well.

    A word of encouragement and comfort for The Pentecostals of Fort Worth today is to Be of Good Cheer, “BE HAPPY!” God’s not done with us. He has greater things for us to do in this city, and with God on our side, nothing is going to stop us. There are people to be witnessed to and won to the Lord Jesus Christ.

  4. “The multitude was divided”. The Pharisees and the Sadducees, divided themselves. One must be careful not to become full of self and cause divison, but rather full of God (Jesus) and unity with the word of God. What a mighty God we serve, thank God for his word! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  5. 11 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.

    I wonder how many people have that testimony that the Lord stood by them. When God is on your side, it’s more than the whole world against you. The thing I enjoy most about this scripture is not only did God stand by him, he also encouraged him. We truly do serve a great God.

  6. FAITHFUL GOD

    10 And 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.
    11 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.

    The Psalmist declares:
    Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

    We witness this wonderful promise demonstrated here with Paul. The LORD gave him instructions to share his testimony and that he must be moved in order to accomplish these instructions.

    iPray today that we will be sensitive to the voice of GOD and heed and obey HIS instructions, that we may fulfill HIS will in the earth.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  7. In this chapter, we see how Paul even though being imprisoned; was still being heard. When you are in the will of God and doing (being obedient) what the Lord has called you to do, he will make a way.

    Psalm 32:7-8 MSG “For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

  8. They are watching!!! Make your life a Testimony.

    3. Then 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?

    When I was in college, a man came and stood in a corner calling all of us sinners and other names. Then he will pick up the bible and acted like it was a weapon and shot us with it (making the shooting sound with his mouth). The sad part was that he had a great following and the way he judge everyone the same without even knowing us finished turning a lot of the young people away from God. People around us watch our every move; are we kind? Are we respectful of each other? Are we willing to go that extra mile? Is our daily life a Testimony of Christ here on earth? Matt 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. * May we all stay away from being quick to judge others, may we humbly love our brothers and sisters, and lead them to Jesus Christ by teaching not only with His words but also by our actions. In Jesus Name we pray, AMEN

  9. 11 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.

    There’s nothing like the comfort of having a word from the Lord for your situation. God’s promises are yea and amen. When He speaks, it will come to pass. It is our duty to believe and stand on those promises until they are fulfilled. We must be in place of faith when the time is right for the promise to come to pass. Having a word from the Lord will carry us through and give us the ammunition to stand up and fight against the enemy.

  10. 23-5
    Ananias was in the wrong in violating due process. But in reacting Paul had unwittingly violated. the fact others wrong us dosent give us the right to do wrond to them. Paul understood and was willing to live by his principles.

  11. iLove to eat the Word

    1 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.

    The Lord stood next to Paul and told him to have joy. It is the will of God for us to have joy and peace even in the midst of persecution and trial. Jesus came to Paul, maybe he was depressed or whatever the case, God was there for the man of God in a dark hour.

  12. If God be for, who can be against us? No one. When it seem as though you are about to lose your battle. Sometimes to destroy your enemy, God will send in another enemy to fight for you. I have had this happen to me, where I was accused of something and my coworkers ,whom didn’t get along with me, stood up for me. You never know who is listening and will stand with you. Be a light to the whole world.

  13. United We Stand

    6 But 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.

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

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

    Song of Solomon 2:15
    Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

    Division can start in the small things and then hide dormant until a time when unity is critical. I heard it taught one time that if a person comes to church and gets offended, then they were already offended when they came in. I think we can apply this sort of idea here: if we the church come in and have a disagreement, we already were disagreed when we came in. It’s those little foxes of subtle disagreement that can destroy unity. Yes, someone may be right and someone may be wrong and the subject at hand may be of importance, but we must make up in our minds if it’s more important to force the issue of right and wrong or to rather put emphasis on the unified relationship. We don’t want to agree with something that’s doctrinely incorrect in a crucial way but tearing each other to pieces in the process of trying to uphold being right doesn’t seem like a win either.

    Proverbs 30:33 NLT
    As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels. 

    I think there’s another little nugget hiding in this chapter in v27:

    27 This 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.

    I thought of the great measures taken to presserve Paul’s life: the cost of the salary of the armed forces, the cost of feeding/maintaining Paul while he was in their care, the time and energy devoted to the issue of Paul, the cost of transporting him from place to place, the time spent in audience with rulers, etc. There was a great price paid simply to “save a man who was a Roman.” The Jews would have destroyed Paul, even rend him to pieces (v10), but a great cost was expended to keep him together. What would happen if we as the Body would address our disagreements in this manner and go to great measure to not tear apart the “Paul” in the midst of our disagreement? The Paul may be a particular person or ministry subject to a greater question or even symbolic in a grander sense of the unity of the church itself. Paul carried the gospel message, the truth which spoke of what caused the birth of the church in the first place; to tear that apart would be to tear apart the foundation and life of the church.

    If we will cling to the “Paul” in the midst of us and value life and unity above getting our way in all the little things we think are right, we will stand strong. If we divide over every disagreement, we can easily be taken down and immobilized by division. The little foxes will destroy the vine if we get focused on arguing over what fertilizer to use or what brand of tools is best for pruning. On the contrary, a commitment to one another in untiy before God will make us a true force the be reckoned with, just as God designed His church to be.

    Mark 3:25
    And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

    Genesis 11:6
    And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

  14. Vs.11 “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.”
    God isn’t thru with us there is work that needs to be done in his kingdom, for the times that we feel that we are at a stand still spirituality I believe God is just there waiting on us to see how bad we want to do or perform his work. Meanwhile be of good cheer and hold on to your FAITH!!

  15. Confounding the enemy

    6 But perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in the Council, “ Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!
    (Acts 23:6 NASBStr)

    What an illustration of Paul’s wit. He noticed the audience trying him and decided to say something that would take the attention off of him. By creating confusion amongst his accusers, he was delivered from the trail. God will deliver us from the hands of the enemy.

    Psalm 64

  16. Perseption
    God spoke with Paul many times. Paul was also a wise person. He knew much and was even a pharasee. He was able to use theses things to help him to go through the situations that he was in. Several times it said that he perceived. God doesn’t always have to thunder and tell you things. Some times we can just use our own two eyes and see these things for ourselves. Pastor has said this before. God doesn’t always have to tell him some mysterious thing about the people in the church. His eyes can perceive when our joy is gone.

    (Yes I do think that Pastor hears from God and speaks the truth. Yes I think that he does get specific words for specific people, but I Aldo think that he uses the gifts/talants that God gave him too. — not being Miriam or anything)

  17. 23 And 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;

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

    Trust in the future…
    One thing to notice is that when God speaks a directive to you, He will provide everything necessary to make it happen. We see in a previous verse how The Lord gives a word of encouragement to Paul after his conflict with the Jews. He tells Paul to be of good cheer that he will go and witness at Rome. He didn’t tell him how he was gonna get there, that’s where the trust comes in. I can imagine, almost killed, had to creatively plan out an escape for his life, had already gone through a lot, and didn’t even know what would be of his life the next day. However, he gets the refreshing of a Word from The Lord. Sometimes one may ask, how am I supposed to do that Lord? And that’s we’re doubt holds back the miraculous to happen in ones life. If you’re called for something and don’t know how you’re gonna get there and there seems to be like you’re in a cell. Just be attentive to the voice of The Lord, and what He will say to you, and do not question but willingly with gladness obey. Let God be God and works His wonders, stand back and marvel. He could have 200 men waiting to escort you, 200 ready to battles for you, and horse men all that you are sure to reach your destination and do the will of the Lord.

    It is not what you see and don’t see it is in whom you trust to make things happen.

    Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

    Psalm 84:11-12 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;The Lord will give grace and glory;No good thing will He withholdFrom those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts,Blessed is the man who trusts in You!

    Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,And whose hope is the Lord.

  18. No doubt Paul felt as if he was walking through the valley of the shadow of death, but we see how the Lord was with him to quiet his fears. Yes he suffered the violence of persecution from his own nation yet he had this testimony:

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

    There in the crowd of haters were also believers that God raised up to intervene with the plan of the 40 men bound with an oath to kill him. God still had more for Paul to do for the Kingdom and was his strength and help till the end.

  19. Paul’s Protection

    Why does it take 470 men to escort one man (Paul) from Jerusalem to Caesarea? What makes Paul so special? The answer is simple. He is a Roman citizen. In the first century, Roman citizenship meant everything. So, not only is Paul exempt from cruel and unusual punishment, and not only given a right to a fair trial before any udgment is made against him, but he also comes under the powerful protecting hand of the Roman emipire. Because a group more than 40 religious zealots have committed to fast until Paul is dead (Ac 23:12-13), the Roman government takes extreme measures to deliver Paul safely to the next level; Covernor Felix.

  20. Those standing near Paul said to him, “Do you dare to insult God’s high priest?” “I’m sorry, brothers. I didn’t realize he was the high priest,” Paul replied, “for the Scriptures say, ‘You must not speak evil of any of your rulers.’ ” (Acts of the Apostles 23:4, 5 NLT)

    Why would you talk bad about the ones that are trying to help and guide you towards heaven and closer to God? You shouldn’t….yes there may be some things you disagree with them on but we need to realize we aren’t always going to agree with anyone but that doesn’t mean we are right. Besides God places people in certain positions for a reason so don’t tell God he’s wrong. God loves you and He took His life for you.

  21. 11 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.

    When no one else is by your side remember God has never left you. Friends will come and go but Gods promises are alive and well..

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