A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Before the Sanhedrin”, Acts 23:1) And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. 1Corinthians 4:4; Hebrews 13:18; 1Peter 3:16. 2) And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. 1Kings 22:24; John 18:22. 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? Leviticus 19:35. 4) And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest? 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. Exodus 22:28; Ecclesiastes 10:20; Jude 8. 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. Philippians 3:5. 7) And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8) For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angels, nor Spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. Mark 12:18. 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. Proverbs 16:7. 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 (garrison). 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. Isaiah 41:10.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-5, See here the character of an honest man. He sets God before him, and lives as in His sight. He keeps from whatever is evil, and cleaves to what is good. v6-11, The Pharisees were correct in the faith of the Jewish Church. The Sadducees were no friends to the Scripture or Divine Revelation; they denied a future state; they had neither hope of eternal happiness, nor dread of eternal misery. When called in question for his being a Christian, Paul might truly say he was called in question for the hope of the resurrection of the dead. It was justifiable in him, by this profession of his opinion on that disputed point, to draw off the Pharisees from persecuting him, and to lead them to protect him from this unlawful violence. How easily can God defend His Own Cause! There is no true friendship among the wicked, and in a moment, and with utmost ease, God can turn their union into open enmity. Whoever is against us, we need not fear; if the Lord stands by us. Paul might think he should never see Rome; but God tells him, even in that he should be gratified, since he desired to go there only for the Honour of Christ and to do good.
Quest Study Bible – v9, Why did the Pharisees rush to Paul’s defense? We normally think of Pharisees as opponents of Christians. But here, they were Paul’s allies against the Sadducees. Why? The Sadducees, the political rivals of the Pharisees, were the ruling majority of the Sanhedrin (Council). They did not believe in the resurrection of the body after death. The Pharisees, on the other hand, did (v6).