The Roman commander who has Paul in custody has brought him back before the Jewish council to unpack why they want to execute him. Paul gets smacked in the mouth and, in turn, insults the high priest. Oops. After apologizing, as Paul is speaking, he, “knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees,” asserted that he was really on trial “because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.”
A riotous debate ensues and Paul is safely escorted back to the barracks. The next morning, a group of Jews vows before the elders that they will not eat or drink until they’ve killed Paul and propose a plot to request for Paul’s appearance before the council with the intention to intercept him en route.
Thankfully, Paul’s nephew hears of this and warns his uncle and the Roman officers who successfully transfer Paul to the governor, Felix.
Let’s Talk About It
Sticks Closer than a Brother
In the middle of the chapter, our Lord visited Paul. Before Paul was made aware of the threat to his life, God encouraged and comforted him saying, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” You can expect the same from Him in tough times. He cares for those who cling to Him.