[Linux4christians] Friday - Acts 22
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dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Thu Nov 3 20:21:07 EDT 2011
22:1 "Brothers and fathers, listen to my defense that I now make to
you." 22:2 (When they heard that he was addressing them in Aramaic, they
became even quieter.) Then Paul said, 22:3 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus
in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated with strictness under
Gamaliel according to the law of our ancestors, and was zealous for God
just as all of you are today. 22:4 I persecuted this Way even to the
point of death, tying up both men and women and putting them in prison,
22:5 as both the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify
about me. From them I also received letters to the brothers in Damascus,
and I was on my way to make arrests there and bring the prisoners to
Jerusalem to be punished.
22:6 As I was en route and near Damascus, about noon a very bright light
from heaven suddenly flashed around me. 22:7 Then I fell to the ground
and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting
me?' 22:8 I answered, 'Who are you, Lord?' He said to me, 'I am Jesus
the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.' 22:9 Those who were with me saw
the light, but did not understand the voice of the one who was speaking
22:10 So I asked, 'What should I do, Lord?' The Lord said to me, 'Get up
and go to Damascus; there you will be told about everything that you
have been designated to do.' 22:11 Since I could not see because of the
brilliance of that light, I came to Damascus led by the hand of those
who were with me.
22:12 A man named Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well
spoken of by all the Jews who live there, 22:13 came to me and stood
beside me and said to me, 'Brother Saul, regain your sight!' And at that
very moment I looked up and saw him. 22:14 Then he said, 'The God of our
ancestors has already chosen you to know his will, to see the Righteous
One, and to hear a command from his mouth, 22:15 because you will be his
witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 22:16 And now
what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and have your sins washed
away, calling on his name.'
22:17 When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell
into a trance 22:18 and saw the Lord saying to me, 'Hurry and get out of
Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about
me.' 22:19 I replied, 'Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and
beat those in the various synagogues who believed in you. 22:20 And when
the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I myself was standing
nearby, approving, and guarding the cloaks of those who were killing him.'
22:21 Then he said to me, 'Go, because I will send you far away to the
The Roman Commander Questions Paul
22:22 The crowd was listening to him until he said this. Then they
raised their voices and shouted, "Away with this man from the earth! For
he should not be allowed to live!" 22:23 While they were screaming and
throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust in the air,
22:24 the commanding officer ordered Paul to be brought back into the
barracks. He told them to interrogate Paul by beating him with a lash so
that he could find out the reason the crowd was shouting at Paul in this
way. 22:25 When they had stretched him out for the lash, Paul said to
the centurion standing nearby, "Is it legal for you to lash a man who is
a Roman citizen without a proper trial?"
22:26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commanding officer
and reported it, saying, "What are you about to do? For this man is a
Roman citizen." 22:27 So the commanding officer came and asked Paul,
"Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" He replied, "Yes." 22:28 The
commanding officer answered, "I acquired this citizenship with a large
sum of money." "But I was even born a citizen," Paul replied. 22:29 Then
those who were about to interrogate him stayed away from him, and the
commanding officer was frightened when he realized that Paul was a Roman
citizen and that he had had him tied up.
Paul Before the Sanhedrin
22:30 The next day, because the commanding officer wanted to know the
true reason Paul was being accused by the Jews, he released him and
ordered the chief priests and the whole council to assemble. He then
brought Paul down and had him stand before them.
Lord, the apostle Paul confronted the people with Your truth and they
hated him for it. May I remember that Jesus warned His followers that
those who rejected Him would also reject us as His messengers.
Summary & Commentary
Paul's defense began with a presentation of his mentoring and
performance as a member of the religious leaders and their most
aggressive persecutors of Christians.
He then shared the story of Jesus confronting him on the road to
Damascus and how another man, respected by Jews-of-the-law, named
Ananias delivered God's healing of his sight and led him to be baptized.
Paul continued to share, noting that God spoke to him in the Temple,
saying "get out of Jerusalem ... because they will not accept your
testimony about Me."
Paul protested to God that the Jews in Jerusalem knew of his zealotry
against the Christians, even approving the murder of Stephen, but God
declared that He was sending Paul to the Gentiles.
When Paul mentioned outreach to Gentiles the crowd burst into hysteria
and Paul was returned to the barracks.
[Note: The Jews had been deceived by the religious leaders into
believing that despite the clear Word of God they remained His unique
people - to share God with Gentiles was considered the worst sort of
betrayal to such a self-important people.]
The Roman commander ordered Paul lashed to force him to explain why the
people were so angry. Paul informed them that he was born a Roman
citizen and thus it was a crime against Rome to punish him without a
trial. The next morning the commander brought him before the Sanhedrin.
As long as he did not stray from the "brainwashed" narrative the
religious leaders had imposed upon their followers they were silent but
the moment Paul crossed the socio-religious line of outreach to the
Gentiles they reacted with a mindless corporate rage.
Does it trouble you that the Roman commander was more-reasoned than the
The people seemed OK with Jesus as long as His message was directed only
When have you observed the same sort of blind emotional reaction,
against certain culturally-uncomfortable truths, by people within the
family of those who associate themselves with the name of Christ?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me an individual, a ministry, or a
gathering of believers among a certain people-group who are oppressed
for their faith and/or hindered in sharing Christ freely.
Today I will pray for a quick harvest of those who remain open to the
truth as the enemies of truth multiply, seize power, and move to silence
those who would preach and teach Christ.
I will pray specifically for the individual, ministry, or gathering of
believers whom the Holy Spirit has revealed to me. [This latter
population may be in China or Vietnam, most of the middle east, and
increasingly (though less visible) in the west as well.]
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Saturday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
Savannah-Statesboro needs a Bible College/Seminary!
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Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
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