Acts Chapter 23

40 Days of FIRE – Day 18

Paul looks to his left and right and realized he was surrounded by those that where against his mission. At times even when we are in a tight and helpless, hopeless place the LORD knows where we are. The world is full of pride and occasionally GOD uses that against the adversary. Pray for the church to Go Boldly testifying of the goodness of God.

JESUS today YOU will SAVE me.

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Acts 23

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

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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

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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51 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 23

  1. v11 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.

    HIS Holy SPIRIT has empowered us to become witness of JESUS.
    GO Be empowered!
    GO witness for JESUS!

  2. Verse 11 AMP says “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.” The Lord was telling Paul to be encouraged even though everything around him was coming to a head. When life and circumstances come against you, be encouraged! It may sound crazy; but, when we let God take the wheel and let His will be done…..watch and see the blessings of the Lord unfold.

  3. 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.

    Even in the night, in the dark midst of what your facing, God can and will speak a word to you. Don’t turn away from God in the night, you could be robbing Him of the opportunity to speak to you.

  4. 1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    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”.

  5. I Love To Worship The Lord
    Vs-11
    God may not send an angel to encourage us in our times of waiting but this report of the angel sent to Paul reminds us that God has a purpose and direction for our lives too even when it seems He has set us aside

  6. 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.

    The greatest threat against the church is not always going to be the devil, it will some of the time be the people who are thinking they are doing God’s work but hold a very dark Pharisee and legalistic type spirit. Those who will judge newborn centers for not upholding holy standards, or look down on other people for what they do or do not do. Those who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof the ones who will drive people away from wanting God because of their mindset. And we must be mindful that we don’t fall into it as well. That we be soul conscious and not self-conscious.

  7. Acts 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.”

    There was MORE Work for Paul to do.
    Be of Good Cheer, POFW! There is MORE Work for us to do for God’s kingdom. Just as we testified and were a witness for Jesus at 6605 Silver Saddle Rd., God has moved us to testify and witness for Him at 10264 Westpoint Blvd.

    GO WORK!

  8. 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.

    Paul is in the thick of the storm when the Lord encouraged him. And in doing so, he gives instruction. We may be in a storm to fulfill God’s purpose so we should not always expect for him to get us out, rather ask what is his purpose for what is going on in our life.

  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.

    God will help us when under attack for our faith, He will encourage and use us for His glory even in our darkest moments, and like Paul we should always be ready to give our testimony. The Holy Spirirt will give us the power to speak boldly!!

  10. Boldness should be an everyday characteristic of a Christian! People often mistake boldness as being contrary to meekness and humility, but God’s desire is for us to exhibit each. Our humility balances our boldness so it doesn’t come across as arrogance, but if we’re not willing to show his bright and shining light into the world then who will? Our enemy would have us associate meekness and humility with silence so his influence goes unopposed but the lost in this world desperately need to hear our testimony.

    Paul was wrongly accused and on trial for his faith and had to speak up for himself… but note his boldness wasn’t a license for unruly speech. He pointed out the contradictions of the high priest in violating the very law he was accusing Paul of breaking, yet when given the opportunity to speak out his grievances, his words were: ‘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.’

    Instead of railing against the high priest, he quotes the word and then declares the basis of the hope that is within him… the truth alone was able to bring such discord amongst his accusers that the centurion had to pull him out of their midst. He was willing to speak boldly and effectively for the situation without resorting to the base negativity that is often seen in the world today. He did so even when conduct against him was not similarity constrained… they were even willing to resort to murder to prevail but the testimony of the chief captain was, ‘I perceived (Paul) to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.’

    Can that be our testimony? When those that oppose us are incessed at our boldness and willing to go to great lengths to silence our testimony, can his spirit shine forth and declare the difference within us! We want the world to see him through us! To declare the word of the Lord with the confidence and boldness of those who have the assurance of a personal experience with him!

  11. Josiah: 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.
    Despite how dark our situation may be when we follow after God it is for a purpose. However we can get through the trial because if we are built upon the rock when the storm comes and the wind blows we can still be standing. Trials can bring us closer to God. Paul was brought before a council in the Bible and was beaten and left rejoicing because he was counted worthy to suffer shame for His (God’s) name. Paul did not give in in this chapter. In the chapters after this one he also stayed faithful and confessed about God. It is this strength and faith in God that I pray to have. LET US GO IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND LET OUR LIGHT SHINE. LET EVERYTHING THAT HATH BREATH PRAISE THE LORD. PRAISE YE THE LORD!

  12. READY TO GO IN THE NIGHT

    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 presence of a NIGHT season does not mean that GOD does not work or know where we are. The apostle facing one of the darkest moments of his life, was comforted by the presence of GOD. Our FAITH is developed in the dark, like all good pictures. Keep your FAITH in GOD and get READY TO GO IN THE NIGHT.

    Light and illumination have its greatest IMPACT in the darkest hour. As Holy Ghost filled believers in JESUS, may our eyes and ears be tuned to the presence, power and provision of our LORD and Savior JESUS.

    Revival and Harvest will reveal itself in the darkest of nights in our life. BE ready to GO IN THE NIGHT.

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  13. 7 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.

    The Lord allowed a young boy to be in the right place at the right time to overhear the trouble that could come to Paul. God made a way of escape to save his life. We may be in the valley, in a trail that we think will never end, but God will provide a way of escape at the right place, at the right time. HE is always faithful!!

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    “The Forty Fasting Fools”
    (Acts 23:21 KJV) 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.

    It’s just plain foolish to join with fools to fast against the will of God. Just because folks fast a day or two doesn’t mean the automatic will of God is unrolled from a scroll from Heaven and given to you. I’m sure some folks out there think just because they prayed and fasted the Lord gave them direction to go over yonder to the Northstar Church of the Frigidaire. Maybe they saw a vision of the Big Dipper Constellation scoop them out of their home church and pour them into another… Once again, it’s just plain foolish to fast against the Lord’s will.

    These 40 fasting fools were fasting against the will of the Lord. Their fast meant nothing to the Lord, and the only thing they accomplished was the death of themselves. Yep, we know that these 40 fasting fools said they were not eating until Paul died. Well, Paul lives many years after this vow. I bet those 40 fasting fools died of hunger…Well, then again, they probably just broke their vows…which is just as foolish as their plan of murder was.

    The point is, you can fast until you shrivel up and die but that does not mean your in the will of God.

  15. 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. Thank God,he listens to our prayers and responds. Thank you Jesus !!!!

  16. In this chapter you see that they didn’t like Paul because preach the gospel of Jesus Christ
    In verse 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.”
    Acts of the Apostles 23:11 NLT
    We must witness to all that come stand from and be encouraged for God will be with you

  17. 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.

    I will not argue with a man led by the holy ghost through prayer and fastin. I will not argue with God. I pray this understanding will spread like a wild fire. We are in this church for a reason. Pastor said the man of God he answered to told him to GO to Bishop Tom Foster. Our Bishop will tell us to Go when its time to Go.

  18. 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

    Be of good cheer and testify what the Lord has done in our lives. Testifying even if many don’t want to listen or believe. I believe that there is a God that is able to do ANYTHING!!!! Even if life seems like its drowning you, God is the only one that can give us that peace and strength. Thank you Lord for rescuing me from the pits of hell and thank you for letting me see and understand your Word!!

  19. 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.

  20. Act’s 23:11 (English Amp) And [that same] following night the Lord stood beside Paul and said ,Take courage, Paul for as you have Bourne faithful witness concerning Me at Jerusalem , so you must also bear witness at Rome. This sounds like God is putting Paul through a big storm . To encourage him by having courage.Sometimes God has to put through heavy storms to wake us .But God doesn’t put us through a storm that we can’t handle. Where will we be without god grace , God peace , God mercy . His forgiveness. Every soul needs Gods courage.

  21. 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.

  22. 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” ACTS 23:11 NLT

    This remind me of what pastor Mallory preach last Sunday night if the promise is from the Lord it will come to pass.

  23. Reading this passage I am reminded of Matthew 10 when it says that he sends us “as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” This is exactly what Paul was like in this passage. In those times when people come against us, because of the God that we serve, we can always trust in Him to fight with us! As Matthew 10 goes on to say, we   will  be brought up in councils and we  will   be talked badly about in the synagogues. Yet, we need to be of good cheer because despite this, God will still be with us! HE will even go as far as to even give us the words to say! That is how much He cares for and loves us! We can show that same love to them by blessing them that curse us and pray for them that despitefully use us. So we do not need to worry about what may come tomorrow, “sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”, He will watch over us let us have the strength that we need in those moments and help us to grow in Him!

  24. Lie in wait.

    These guys were planning and plotting Paul’s death but when Gods got his hand on you there’s nothing the world can do about it. Although we go through a lot of things living for God, we can only imagine what would happen if he took his hand off. I am thankful for the hand of God in my life. He always keeps me and guides me away from trouble.

  25. 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 constantly throughout Pauls journeys took time and opportunity to comfort and encourage Paul because He understood the difficulties Paul would go through. In our lives God will take us through situations that He will show himself strong in and give us support and encouragement. Sometimes its through His spirit because the Holy Ghost is our comforter.

  26. “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. And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:6-8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    A house divided can’t stand.

    Sometimes you have to use you knowledge you gather before Jesus took you out of your situations to help you go through the Fire you find yourself in. Paul knew some were One kind and some the other because of his background. He asks I knew that if he could get their attention Turned from him that he would have a better opportunity to live.

  27. 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 always has a plan and purpose for his people. It is in those darkest times that we hold dearly and steadfast to the promises that God has given to us. This is because His word sustains us and gives us a peace in the midst of the storm that will carry us through to the fulfillment of his plan and purpose.

  28. Hannah: “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.” In the midst of all Paul’s troubles the Lord told him to be of good cheer. This spoke to me because it reminded me that it doesn’t matter how big my problem is, I still need to testify to those who are lost. There are many people in this world looking for the truth and have not found it. I doesn’t matter if you are the only one who has the truth. You still need to show his light to the lost. Always be of good cheer no matter what happens and witness to the lost. Show them his perfect way so that they can be saved. This reminds me to try harder and always be that light shinning to this dark world.

  29. 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.

    No matter who/what comes against us, we must keep a right spirit and trust God to take of us .

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

    Be careful of the company you keep and what you let them talk you in to. Just because they do it, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea; you could starve to death spiritually, if not physically.

  32. 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.

    The enemy will attempt to do anything to stop you from reaching your destiny, even take your life. It is in those moments who you are comes in advantage. We read here the captain of the army recognized that paul was a citizen of Rome. Much more can the captain of the Angel Armies can can recognize his own and send mighty troops to help and ensure your destiny comes to pass. If God is for you. Who can be against you?!!

  33. 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 everything’s else fails know that my God never fails.

  34. “But Paul’s nephew heard about this plan. So he went into the fort and told Paul.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:16‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    God always has one more move. When it seems as if you are backed up in a corner God always has one more move. I’m thankful for God’s word that tells us that he will never leave us or forsake us. We are never alone He is with us always! He is God my Protector.

  35. Why does it take 470 soldiers to escort one man from Jerusalem to Cesarea? What makes Paul so special is simple really. He is a Roman citizen. In the first century, Roman citizenship meant everything. So, not only is Paul exempt from cruel and unusual punishment, not only does he have the right to a fair trial before any judgment is made against him, but he also comes under the protecting hand of the Roman Empire. Because a group of group of more than 40 religious zealots have committed to fast until Paul is dead (vs 12-13). Each politcal leader finds no unlawful act in Paul and dont really want to hold him in contempt. However Paul opens up to the Sahedrin telling them he is a second generation Pharisee and believes in the resurrection and in fact why he is on trial. This divides the opinions of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees believe in the ressurrection, angles and spirits and the Sadducees deny all of them. When this conflict causes an uproar The Roman commander has to step in and remove Paul so that he will not be torn to pieces. The Roman government takes extreme measures to deliver Paul safely to the next level with governor Felix. Each step he takes is orchestrated by the hand of God encouraging him (vs 11) to continue on this path to testify about him.

  36. “The next night the Lord stood near Paul. He said, “Be brave! You have given witness about me in Jerusalem. You must do the same in Rome.””
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:11‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    How is it we can do the same thing over and over again yet we still get scared when we start to do it again. I have a love hate relationship with roller coasters. I hate the long line. I love the rush of excitment when going down the hill. However, no matter how many roller coasters I ride i immediately get scared when I hear the clicking of the tracks going up. If I truly want to ride the ride I must overcome that fear and just go!

    In ministry it is easy to get caught up in the “fears” of the ministry. But just as the Lord told Paul. Be BRAVE. You’ve done this before, and you can accomplish it again. So let’s just GO be BRAVE

  37. 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.

  38. 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.”

    “Let us not fight against God”

    Sometimes in the fight we are so focused on surviving and winning that we forget the face of the enemy. When this happens we tend to mistake friend for enemy and enemy for friend. Yet we must understand the battle has already been won, we just have to make sure we are 1. On the right side and 2. Endure until He returns for us.

    Let us daily walk in the spirit so that we ensure the Holy Ghost is leading us and giving us a spirit of discernment. For discernment is important in this fight because we have to know those that we labor with be are of the same mind and spirit which is in Christ Jesus yet we also have to be able to recognize the things that are not from God but the devil is using to stop us from our destiny. I encourage us all to not fight against God but allow Him to use us.

  39. 23Then the commander called two of his officers and ordered, “Get 200 soldiers ready to leave for Caesarea at nine o’clock tonight. Also take 200 spearmen and 70 mounted troops. 24Provide horses for Paul to ride, and get him safely to Governor Felix.”

    How awesome, Paul had has own calvary protecting him. The officer was either a supporter of Paul, or he was just doing his duty. I would say both. The officer could have sent Paul off with 1-5 soldiers, but he wanted 200 soldiers to ensure Paul makes it alive to Caesarea. I’m sure the officer believed in Paul message about Jesus!

  40. 1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    How great a testimony of Paul that he could say​ this, while I know the rest of the chapter deals with those that came against Paul’s first testimony is what stuck out to me. I pray that I would have to he same testimony that Paul had.

  41. 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.

    How much more plain does it have to be? Dont talk bad about Pastor. I do not have the calling of a pastor on my life. I cannot only imagine the weight of that calling on our Pastor. He bridges the gap between us and God and between us and the enemy. We may never know how often our name is called in our Pastors prayers. He is our Shepard to lead us to nourishment and protect us from harm.

    Some pastors will feel compelled to please people, but a sincere pastor is always trying to please the Lord. A pastor thinks differently when he reads his Bible. The average church member will read the Bible devotionally. Some will deepen their reading with intense study, but a pastor surrounds his life around the Word. Our pastor is responsible for training others through his teaching and example. People learn as much from a model as they do a lesson.

  42. 5. Then Paul said, ” I did not know, bretheren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, ‘ shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people’

  43. 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)

    When Paul falls in persecution he continues to be of good cheer because he knows it was for Jesus. Here is an account that the Lord stood by him saying that he will also bear witness of him in Rome. He is doing well and their is more to be done. Like Paul we have to keep going.

  44. May 13
    8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

    Hmm sounds like there is nothing new under the sun???

  45. May 14
    18 And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
    Everybody needs JESUS but not everybody wants JESUS!!!

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