Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 22:30-23:11 Hope

on July 26, 2012

The tribune brought Paul in before the Jewish council consisting of the high priest and a mix of Pharisees and Sadducees.  Paul used wisdom, perception, sarcasm and truth to make his case.  He pointed out to the Pharisees that he was trained like them, but that he had found hope!  He pointed out to the Sadducees that he was in disagreement with them because of his hope in the resurrection.  This set the two religious groups at odds–leading to violence between them.  Paul was removed back to the barracks for safe keeping.

Paul’s testimony to the hope in Jesus was rewarded by a personal visit from the Lord, commanding him to “take courage” and reminding him of the promise that he will see and testify to the gospel in Rome.  I’m sure all the craziness around him and his chains and confinement could have made him question God’s call on his life.  I’m sure he may have been doubting that he really heard from the Spirit that he would go on to Rome after Jerusalem.  I’m sure all the warning prophecies from friends along the journey of the coming affliction in Jerusalem were ringing in his ears.  But Jesus is hope and He gives hope!  Suffering, trials, opposition, and obstacles are all part of the process.  When things seem dismal or grim, remember that the Lord is working to fulfill His purposes in our lives!  And sometimes He uses unlikely rescuers to accomplish His plan like we’ll see in the next section of verses.

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