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Saturday, January 20 2018

What Did The Apostle Paul's Nephew Do?

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

Although the apostle Paul is traditionally regarded as having made three major missionary journeys, there was another, that was just as important, and much more distant. The LORD was going to send Paul all the way to Rome. The journey to Rome however was not going to be easy.

Upon his return from the first of his three missionary journeys (see The First Voyage Of Barnabas and Saul and The Return Of The Home Town Apostles; also Paul's First Mission To Greece and The Way To Corinth; also The Miracles At Ephesus and The Idol Pedlars and Eutychus - Rising From The Sleep Of Death), Paul was arrested in Jerusalem by his former colleagues at the Temple who then viewed him as an enemy i.e. the Truth that Paul preached was a threat to their supposed religious authority. It was the same attitude that they had toward the Messiah Himself - and their chosen solution to Paul was also the same - murder.

Centurion

"23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. 23:2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. 23:3 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?

23:4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest?

23:5 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.

23:6 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. 23:7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

23:9 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. 23:10 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.

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." (Acts 23:1-11 KJV)

When the apostle Paul's nephew heard of the plot to commit murder, he told Paul - who then reported it to the Roman military. Paul's courageous nephew saved his uncle's life.

"23:12 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. 23:13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. 23:14 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. 23:15 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.

23:16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.

23:17 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.

23:18 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.

23:19 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?

23:20 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. 23:21 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.

23:22 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." (Acts 23:12-22 KJV)

Caesarea

So it was that Paul was delivered to the Mediterranean coastal city of Caesarea to begin the legal trial that would take him all the way to Rome.

"23:23 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; 23:24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

23:25 And he wrote a letter after this manner:

23:26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting. 23:27 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. 23:28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council: 23:29 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. 23:30 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.

23:31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris. 23:32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle: 23:33 Who, when they came to Caesarea, and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him. 23:34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia; 23:35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall." (Acts 23:23-35 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who were the Roman Caesars who reigned during the time that the New Testament historical record was written?
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This Day In History, January 20

250: Emperor Decius began persecution of Christians in Rome (genuine Christians and those who were merely using Christ's identity for their religion; see The Church Of God At Rome).

1265: The first English Parliament of the elected knights of the shires and burgesses convened by Simon de Montfort in the original Palace of Westminster i.e. the "Houses of Parliament."

Palace of Westminster

1320: Wladislaw I was crowned king of Poland. He defeated the Knights of the Teutonic Order, and established the Polish nation.

1327: Edward II of England abdicated in favor of his son Edward III.

1356: Edward Balliol abdicated as King of Scotland.

1612: Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II died (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). His inability to reconcile Roman Catholics and Protestants led to the Thirty Years War.

1649: King Charles I of England was charged with treason after the civil war against Parliamentarian forces.

1783: Britain signed a peace agreement with France and Spain, who malignantly supported the rebel insurgency against Britain during the rebellion of the New England colonies - while hypocritically permitting no rebellion in their vast colonies throughout North and South America.

1841: Hong Kong was ceded to Britain from China after the First Opium War.

China

1918: In Russia following the Bolshevik Revolution, all church property was confiscated and all religious instruction in the schools was abolished.

1936: King George V died at age 70. He was succeeded by Edward VIII whose abdication (to marry a divorced U.S. woman) made possible the eventual coronation of Elizabeth II after the death of her father, King George VI (the younger brother of Edward VIII who succeeded Edward).

George V

1942: Nazi officials at the Wannsee Conference in Berlin formalized a "final solution" plan for the murder of Europe's Jews (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1981: 52 U.S. hostages from the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, were released after 444 days in captivity.

1989: Ronald Reagan broke the "year zero curse" when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive (although not without incident - Mr. Reagan was very seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in March of 1981):





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