The Acts of the Apostles
Paul Sanhedrin in the Bible Saga
The Sanhedrin Bible Events
So glad you could join us again to share another Daily Bread. As we
left off, Paul was just brought before the council because the Jewish
people in Jerusalem were upset at his teaching of the New Testament
and they wanted him to be put to death. Paul, looking steadfast at
the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived with a clean
conscience before God until this day.
The high priest, Ananias, ordered those who stood by Paul to slap him
on the mouth. Then Paul said to Ananias, God will slap you, you
hypocrite, because you sit to judge me after the law, and command me
to be struck contrary to the law? Those who stood by said, You dare
to speak to God's high priest that way? Paul answered, Brethren, I
didn't know that he was the high priest, for it is written, You shall
not speak evil of the ruler of your people (Exodus
Now, remember how clever Paul is. When he recognized that within the
council, part of them were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he
cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son
of a Pharisee. I am called here in question of the hope and
resurrection of the dead. When he said this, a quarrel began between
the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and they were divided because the
Sadducees believe that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor
spirit, but the Pharisees believe in these spiritual things.
Paul Sanhedrin in the Bible Truth
The Sanhedrin Bible Path
There was quite a fuss, and the scribes that belonged to the
Pharisees' part arose, and argued, saying, We find no evil in this
man: but if a spirit or an Angel has spoken to him, let's not fight
against God. And when a big debate ensued, the chief captain, afraid
that Paul might be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to
go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him
into the castle.
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.
So the Lord was telling Paul not to worry, because he still had more
work to do. When it was day, certain of the Jewish people banded
together, and took an oath, saying that they wouldn't eat or drink
till they had killed Paul.
There were more than forty who had conspired this, and they came to
the chief priests and elders, and said, We've bound ourselves under a
great curse, that we will eat nothing until we've slain Paul. Now,
you on the council, order the chief captain that he bring him down to
you tomorrow, as though you want to question him further, and we'll
be ready to kill him if he comes near.
Paul Sanhedrin in the Bible Facts
The Sanhedrin Bible Warning
Well, Paul's nephew heard about their scheming, so he went into the
castle, and told Paul. Then Paul called one of the centurions over to
him, and said, Bring this young man to the chief captain, he has
something to tell him.
So he was brought to the chief captain, and said, The Jewish people
have agreed to ask you to bring down Paul tomorrow into the council,
as though you want to speak to him, but don't listen to them because
they're waiting for him, more than forty men, who have pledged that
they won't eat or drink until they've killed him. They're just
waiting for word from you.
Paul Sanhedrin in the Bible Lesson
The Sanhedrin Bible Prophecy
So the chief captain let the young man leave, and ordered him, Don't
tell anyone that you told me these things. The chief captain called
two centurions and said, Get 200 soldiers ready to go to Caesarea,
and 70 horsemen and 200 spearmen, at 9 p.m. Give them horses to put
Paul on, and bring him safely to Felix, the governor. And he sent
this letter with him:
26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix
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.
28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they
accused him, I brought him forth into their council:
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
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.
Then the soldiers, as they were commanded, took Paul, and brought him
by night to Antipatris (which is about halfway between Jerusalem and
Caesarea). The next day they left the horsemen to continue on with
Paul, and returned to the castle.
When they arrived in Caesarea and delivered the letter to the
governor, they presented Paul also before him. When the governor had
read the letter, he asked Paul what province he was from, and when he
understood that he was from Cilicia, Felix said, I will listen to you
when your accusers arrive. And he ordered that Paul be kept in
Herod's judgment hall.
Paul Sanhedrin in the Bible Summary
The Sanhedrin Bible Conclusion
When we come back, we'll find out what happens when the people
present their argument against Paul, and how Paul responds to it, so
hurry on back for the next Daily Bread.
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