June 18, 2013

Acts 23:1-11

Paul found himself on dangerous ground. He found a way to diffuse this tense situation. The council had members from two religious/political groups—Pharisees and Sadducees. Paul was raised as a Pharisee. This group was very strict in its interpretation of the Law. The Sadducees were more supportive of the Roman occupation. One of their beliefs was a denial of any type of resurrection of the dead. When Paul cried out his “crime” was to speak out in favor of the hope of the resurrection, immediately the focus turned away from him. The issue became the long-held division between the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Tensions escalated so quickly, the Roman commander removed Paul from the scene. Note Paul was confident of God’s protection (23:11).