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Paul’s nephew revealed to the chiefcaptain a conspiracy to kill his Uncle Paul.The Roman captain believed him and took immediate action. Acts 23 3
Acts 23:23 Andthe chief captain called unto him twocenturions, saying, Make ready two hundred sold-iers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescoreand ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the thirdhour of the night; 24 And provide them beasts, thatthey may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felixthe governor. 470 men 4
25And he wrote a letter after this manner: 26 ClaudiusLysias unto the most excellent governor Felixsendeth greeting. 27 This man was taken of theJews, and should have been killed of them: thencame I with an army, and rescued him, havingunderstood that he was a Roman.The exact truth was that he rescued Paul, was about to flog him, and then found out he was a Roman. 5
28 And when I would have known the cause where-fore they accused him, I brought him forth intotheir council: 29 Whom I perceived to be accused ofquestions of their law, but to have nothing laid tohis charge worthy of death or of bonds. A dispute over the Jewish religion was very important to the Jewish religious leaders, But meant nothing to the Romans. 6
30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laidwait for the man, I sent him straightway to thee,and gave commandment to his accusers also to saybefore thee what they had against him. Farewell.He may have thought that the Jews would drop the whole matter if they had to travel so far, But he didn’t know their zeal about this. They had rejected Jesus as their Messiah, and killed Him. They meant to kill all who preached in His Name. 7
31 Thenthe soldiers, as itwas commanded them,took Paul, and brought himby night to Antipatris.The dangerous part of the 27 milestrip was the 35 miles from Jerusalem to Antipatris. 35 miles From there to Caesarea it was less likely that they would have any trouble. 8
32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go withhim, and returned to the castle: 33 Who, when theycame to Caesarea, and delivered the epistle to thegovernor, presented Paul also before him. The worst danger over, the horsemen could travel much faster without the other 400 men. They arrived in Caesarea and presented the Apostle Paul along with the letter fromClaudius Lysias to Felix the Roman governor. 9
34 And when the governorhad read the letter, he askedof what province Paul was.And when he understoodthat he was of Cilicia; 35 Iwill hear thee, said he,when thine accusers arealso come. And hecommanded him to be keptin Herods judgment hall. 10
Acts 24:1 (TLB) Five days later Ananias the HighPriest arrived with some of the Jewish leaders andthe lawyer Tertullus, to make their accusationsagainst Paul. The High Priest Ananias with his entourage traveled the 62 miles to CaesareaTo bring their charges against Paul before the Roman governor Felix. Jesus had said that it would be like this: 11
John 15 18 If the world hate you, ye know that ithated Me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of theworld, the world would love his own: but becauseye are not of the world, but I have chosen you outof the world, therefore the world hateth you. 12
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you,The servant is not greater than his lord. If they havepersecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if theyhave kept My saying, they will keep yours also.21 But all these things will they do unto you for MyNames sake, because they know not Him thatsent Me. 13
If a Christian is not being persecuted, but is accepted by the lost world, He ain’t doing it right.He is compromising. He is sinning with Loving the world. them. We must walk straight in the Path that God has ordered for our lives. 14
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