“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Plot to Kill Paul

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“The Plot To Kill Paul”, Acts 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.  Romans 8:31.  13) And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.  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.  15) Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you tomorrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him:  and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.  16) And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle (garrison), and told Paul.  Proverbs 21:30.  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.  Acts 22:26.  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.  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?  20) And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul tomorrow into the council as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.  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.  Micah 7:2; 2Corinthinas 11:26; 32, 33. 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.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v12-22,  False religious principles, adopted by carnal men, urge on to such wickedness, as human nature would hardly be supposed capable of.  Yet the Lord readily disappoints the best concerted schemes of iniquity.  Paul knew that the Divine Providence acts by reasonable and prudent means.  Believing in the Lord, we and ours shall be kept from every evil work, and kept to his Kingdom.  Heavenly Father, give us by thy Holy Spirit, *in Christ’s Name, this precious faith. 

Quest Study Bible – v16, What family did Paul have?  This is the only reference to Paul’s family relationships.  His nephew informed him of a plot against his life.  Some people believe that Paul’s family disowned him when he converted to Christianity (Philippians 3:8).  But his nephew, at least, was willing to help Paul while he was in custody (*God’s Grace).

v14, Did the conspirators die of starvation?  The plot to kill Paul failed, it’s doubtful the oath-takers followed through on their vow.  Jewish tradition made exceptions for oaths that could not be fulfilled because of extenuating circumstances.  By taking the oath they demonstrated their seriousness in killing the Apostle, but the oath did not necessarily demonstrate their willingness to die.

*) This person’s opinion.

More to come and God Bless You.      


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