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Acts 23

November 18, 2011

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

14 thoughts on “Acts 23”

  1. v.11 "As you have testified about me in Jerusalem so you must also testify in Rome"

    It seems that God will stop at nothing to give everyone the opportunity to hear the gospel. Even if his own people end up in unpleasant, uncomfortable situations.

  2. v.11 "As you have testified about me in Jerusalem so you must also testify in Rome"

    It seems that God will stop at nothing to give everyone the opportunity to hear the gospel. Even if his own people end up in unpleasant, uncomfortable situations.

  3. v.3 Then Paul said to him, God will strike you, you whitewashed wall!

    Paul was not afraid to say what he thought. He was also clever v.6-8 in causing the opposition to fight amongst themselves.

    There is a time to keep silent and a time to speak up.

  4. v.3 Then Paul said to him, God will strike you, you whitewashed wall!

    Paul was not afraid to say what he thought. He was also clever v.6-8 in causing the opposition to fight amongst themselves.

    There is a time to keep silent and a time to speak up.

  5. v.16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.

    God makes sure his people are given the information they need. This boy turns up in the nick of time with information that saves Paul's life. Pagan Romans protect Paul from Jewish leaders!

  6. v.16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.

    God makes sure his people are given the information they need. This boy turns up in the nick of time with information that saves Paul's life. Pagan Romans protect Paul from Jewish leaders!

  7. v.1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.”

    (From Constable’s Commentary) "He was not, of course, claiming sinlessness, nor was he referring to the inner spiritual conflicts of Rom. 7. The reference was to the externals of his life, and the blamelessness of his conduct as measured by the demands of the Law."

  8. v.1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.”

    (From Constable’s Commentary) "He was not, of course, claiming sinlessness, nor was he referring to the inner spiritual conflicts of Rom. 7. The reference was to the externals of his life, and the blamelessness of his conduct as measured by the demands of the Law."

  9. v.2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.

    Interesting that Jesus was also struck in this manner (John 18:22).

  10. v.2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.

    Interesting that Jesus was also struck in this manner (John 18:22).

  11. v.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.”

    Jesus only appeared to Paul at times of great crises.

  12. v.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.”

    Jesus only appeared to Paul at times of great crises.

  13. v.19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”

    For the young man to be treated in this manner suggests he may have even been younger than a teenager. God provided Paul with the means of escape through Paul’s young nephew. Sometimes God surprises us by using people we don’t expect to help us, rather than by directly intervening with an angel or other more divine means.

  14. v.19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”

    For the young man to be treated in this manner suggests he may have even been younger than a teenager. God provided Paul with the means of escape through Paul’s young nephew. Sometimes God surprises us by using people we don’t expect to help us, rather than by directly intervening with an angel or other more divine means.

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