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.

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40 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 23

  1. v11 And the night following the Lord stood by, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    This let’s us know that GOD’S promises of abiding comfort and care in every situation.
    GOD’S abiding presence and HIS desire to walk with us every step of the way are true.

    Thank you JESUS!!!
    More Trust

  2. Charged or set free. …
    I thank you Jesus for our persecutions. I will be charged any day for the name of Jesus. It’s happening right now.
    But nothing will be able to go against the church. We are strong just like Jesus made us to be.

  3. 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.

    Here Paul uses a Military Strategy of divide and conquered. The enemy uses it all the time with the saints why can’t the saint play the same right back at him? Bro. Henderson said we must have a plan, we must have a strategy it we’ re to win and God knowing we do gives us several to chose from “no weapo. Formed against us shall prosper” so built on confidence ” greater is He that it’s in me, than he that’s I the world.” “With God by U.S. Who can be against us”! Yes, he got our backs
    What a MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE !!

  4. God will take care of you.

    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? (‭Acts‬ ‭23‬:‭3‬ KJV)

    When being under great pressure from your enemy, no matter how big he tries to destroy you!

    It’s where you continue to simply stand and trust The Lord in all things! Paul simply gave his circumstances to The Lord. He didn’t take matters into his own hands.

    ‘God, shall smite thee.’ Is correct.

    Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. (‭Micah‬ ‭7‬:‭8‬ KJV)

    Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭19‬ KJV)

  5. 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?

    Paul Just called the highest priest a Whited wall. Thinking it might mean something I looked at the strongs, G2867 konia it means Whitewash. seeing this i think of two reasons why Paul might have said that. One, he was being sarcastic and saying that the high priest had no flaw (the one to have no flaw is the one that judges). Two, a whited wall is like a fresh canvas meaning that man did nothing with his life.
    I like to think that the men in the bible had a sense of humor so I’m leaning more on the first reason.

  6. 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.

    The Jews still not ready to accept the fact that they crucified the Messiah, held Paul and smote him for his belief in Jesus Christ. Paul knowing he lived for God gave his testimony: I have lived in good conscience before God until this day. Living with a good conscience before God is the way all of us should live, I have not done any man wrong until this day is as good a testimony as it gets. We should all live with this to be our testimony the rest of our lives. When we get the Holy Ghost we can set the reset button and start all over, because of the blood of the lamb. Remember Paul stood by at the stoning of Stephen at his death, yet he can say today: I have lived in good conscience before God.
    THANK GOD FOR THE BLOOD!

  7. 11 That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome as well.” (NLT)

    Be encouraged this morning, God’s on our side and He will always see His people through, that they are kept safe and it will all be done to His glory!

  8. MORE TESTIMONY

    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 LORD was with Paul just as he was with Joseph, just as HE is with us today. Our attitude should be that of GOOD CHEER. GOD has given specific instructions for us to testify of HIM and bear witness of the LOVE, POWER, and GLORY of GOD through HIS Death, Burial and Resurrection.

    GO Teach
    GO Tell
    GO Share

  9. 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.

    Forgive the American people have mercy on us Lord. For Obama has been the ruler of the American people and because he follows after another god . I have heard people, an the media ,we have been guilty of speaking against our ruler. I have also spoken ill against this ruler , and justified it by saying its because he serves another god. He is still ruler of this people in America. Forgive us and cleanse us . Jesus help us to pray.
    We as a people need to repent and pray for President Obama.
    Create in us clean hearts renew in us a right spirit.

  10. 11 That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome as well.” (NLT)

    Be encouraged. Be of Good Cheer. Rejoice because The Lord is by our side and we must testify it everywhere we go. Nothing better than Jesus, Jesus fills all of my emptyness, sorrow, and gives me peace and joy. Being able to get closer and closer to Christ is the best thing that has happened to me. Having that relationship with God has made me seen my life different. Nothing better than living for Jesus!

  11. 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.

    Paul caused a division among the leaders. This helped his cause. Satan attempts the same thing within the church. We must not fall prey to the devil’s tricks but stay in unity to the cause of Jesus Christ.

  12. 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.

    If we will become sensitive to the Spirit of God, God can use us to be in the right place and the right time and have the right words to say at that time that can deliver someone from a situation or circumstance in their life. God is looking for willing vessels, He used a donkey and a bush, surely He can use me.

  13. iLove to eat more Word

    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.

    In the power of our tongue is unity or division. Paul is using disunity for an advantage for the moment. God desires the church to walk in unity as far as our basic doctrine. We must always use our words to build folks up.

  14. 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

    While we may not agree with the decisions of the leaders of our country we do not need to speak evil of them. We have the right to disgaree and there times and places for those discussions. What we should not do is talk trash about our leadership.

  15. 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.

    Paul used wisdom in this perception. The gifts of the spirit come quick and right on time-we must act instantly upon the God given knowledge like Paul does here. Praise God for making way for his saints to accomplish his will in each life.

  16. Respect for the Position that is protected by the Law

    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.

    Paul shows his respect for the law and the position of the high priest. Even though this high priest was not saved, Paul shows respect. It is wise for us to respect others of position, ( and others period), regardless of our views about them.

  17. 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 is always with us through our trials. We are blessed when we are purse cured for his names sake

  18. Acts 23:11
    “And the night following the Lord stoody 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 told Paul to “Be of good cheer” for he was not done using him yet. He still was going to be a witness at Rome.
    So, no matter what happens in life, just remember to do what the Lord said, “Be of good cheer.” He’s not done using us. He still wants us to be His witnesses.

  19. vs-11
    The angelic encouragment must have meant much to Paul during the next two years as he was forced to wait the charges against him unresolved in Caesarea.
    God may not send an angel to encourage us in our times of waiting. But the report of the angel sent to Paul reminds us tha God has a purpose and direction for our lives too- even when it seems he has set us aside.

  20. 12 The next morning a group of Jews got together and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.

    I just laugh at these 40 individuals who wont eat or drink until Paul is dead. I can only imagine they would only last 1 or 2 days, and they would easily give up. They are thinking physically and not spiritually. With God, we can fast up to a week and still be strong, because God strengthens during our fast.

  21. Verse 11 MSG “That night the Master appeared to Paul: “It’s going to be all right. Everything is going to turn out for the best. You’ve been a good witness for me here in Jerusalem. Now you’re going to be my witness in Rome!” Same verse NKJV “But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” Trusting in the Lord with all assurance that He is in control of ALL things, we must remain encouraged at ALL times.

  22. 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.

  23. 11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”

    Don’t be scared and stop spreading Gods word because 1 thing came against you, but stand up with God on your side you can do anything. You can’t stop at 1 city or with 1 person you told about God but keep going to people and stand as Gods child.
    Keep testifying to different people because 1 flicker of fire starts a wild fire for God! 🙂

  24. 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.

  25. Acts 23:11 (KJV Strong’s)
    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.

    This word witness is the same word for witness meaning martyr used in Acts chapter 1. In red letters Jesus speaks to Paul and tells him just as he testified is Jerusalem so he must be a martyr in Rome.

    A friend of mine told me that Jesus has been showing up to these Isis executions. Those who had been killing Christians are having encounters that are converting them to follow the Lord. They are feeling sick to their stomachs and becoming convicted.

    The death of these Christians are causing a revival amongst Islamic people.

    Sometimes being a witness means dying for the truth and standing no matter what.

  26. 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.

    Greater is He.. Wow this verse jumps to just describe that when the enemy tries to ride up against you… Greater is the Lord of angel armies. 40 men against Paul seems like a bad scenario. However the Lord had and entire army of 200 hundred and then some. Wow grater is the protection of the Lord. “And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us?”

  27. More Connections

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

    We don’t hear much about Paul’s family in scripture, but we do see at work here the blessing of healthy connections. Whether it be through family or friends or friends of family members, God guides us into seeking healthy relationships with those we are connected to. We can be a blessing to them, and God may also use them to be a blessing to us in return.

    Proverbs 27:10
    Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

  28. During our trials, the Lord will place specific people at specific times and positions for our guidance and protection, i.e. Paul’s nephew. He loves His children!!!

  29. Paul utilized good wisdom here, by knowing the law of man/Rome, and religiouslity. He delay the Jewish Religious community from slaying him. He knew they would have to refer him before the Roman Empire because of his citizenship. But, take note how the government had to protect him and his rights. Forty men swore a vow to kill him, and wouldn’t eat nor drink until it was accomplished. They had no chance against the Roman Army. See it ain’t over till it’s over………..

    “Be Safe”………………………..

  30. Act 23:25 — Act 23:29
    And he wrote a letter to this effect:“Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings.
    This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman citizen.
    And desiring to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their council.
    I found that he was being accused about questions of their law, but charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment.

    When we are in tune with Jesus, He will always watch out for you and deliver us from our enemies. He covers us and makes bad situations into good because it’s all for His glory.

  31. 11 That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome as well.” (NLT)
    God is letting Paul know that his work is not finished yet! What a word of faith and encouragement he must have felt that even though people were ready to kill him God said “its not over yet!”

  32. 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.

    When God chose Paul amongs others to serve him he had no dought that Paul would not let him down. He’s not scared instead he uses wisdom to get to the root of the problem, he applied himself very well when it came to defending Christ over his flesh.

    God likes to show up and show out, that’s what he did here, he used Paul to reach out to the unbelievers.

  33. “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.” Paul was given a promise, which it was within his power to receive or reject. The Lord (Jesus) has spoken through his word, the man of God, and tongues and will continue to do so; however it is within one’s own power to receive or reject. Dear God, grant me the wisdom to recognize and stand firm for as long as it may take, so that I may receive; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In God we trust”. “One nation under God”. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  34. 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)

    You should always respect those above you. You never know if those people will end up helping you succeed in the end.

  35. Why does it take 470 men to escort one man (Paul) from Jerusalem to Cesaera? What makes Paul so special? Is he dangerous? The answer is simple. He is a Roman citizen. In the first century, Roman citizenship meant everything. It was like having a V.I.P card no one could take away. So, not only is Paul exept from cruelty and unusual punishment, not only is he given the right to a fair trial before any judgment is made agaist him, but he also comes under the powerful protecting hand of the Roman Empire. Because a group of more than 40 religious leaders have commited to fast until Paul is dead (vs12-13), Roman government takes extreme measures to deliver Paul safely to the next level: Governor Felix. The powerful hand of the Lord is upon Paul, guiding him on his journey. The religious leaders and Roman officials may hide behind the power of world government, but we like Paul have the opportunity to stand under the wing of an Almighty God to proclaim the gospel.

  36. Those standing near Paul said to him, “Do you dare to insult God’s high priest?” (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭23‬:‭4‬ NLT)

    Those who stood by and said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?” For Paul knew that he was wrong instantly from his outburst,for Paul knew no matter how he said it, Paul agreed that he was wrong to even speak evil of the ruler of your people, but yet even though Paul excused himself,for he also was claiming that he never did not know that the man who Paul command the punch was to Ananias the high priest!!! In Jesus Name Amen !!!!!

  37. Acts 23:1-5
    Great men may be told of their faults, and public complaints may be made in a proper manner ; but the law of God requires respect for those in authority.

  38. The infamous 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.

    Today is so different from when our founding apostles worked in their time. We today can speak the name of Jesus and although it may offend some we are still safe. Paul was doing what we are called to do but they wanted to kill him so bad that it made them take a curse upon themselves. He was infamous as a criminal in those times. I always dreamed of being an outlaw when I was a kid, like Billy the Kid or something . Not knowing that their was one even greater then him in the Bible. The more we read about Paul we find that he endured more persecution and hardship then we could understand for the gospel. Every time we hear of the apostles we hear of them being beaten and under great stress for the gospels sake. What are we doing? We are called to be infamous as Paul. Let us rise to be what our great for fathers dreamed we would be in Jesus Name!

  39. 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 ‭23‬:‭11‬ KJV)

    The word of the lord came to Paul when he needed encouragement. There are MANY times in the Bible that people are encouraged by God through their difficult times. Does this mean that Jesus loved the people more then? NO! It just means that they were LISTENING to the word of the Lotd. When we get in trouble, we need to listen. We should do more listening and less complaining about the situation. Though our listening we will hear the Lord speak. That will encourage you more than anything else.

  40. They wanted Paul dead !!!!! 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 Je-ru’-sa-lem, 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. I Love you Jesus !!!! Praise the Lord !!!! You are Holy !!!!

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