Acts 23:23-30

23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen[b] to go to Caesarea at nine tonight. 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”

25 He wrote a letter as follows:

26 Claudius Lysias,

To His Excellency, Governor Felix:

Greetings.

27 This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen. 28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin. 29 I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law, but there was no charge against him that deserved death or imprisonment. 30 When I was informed of a plot to be carried out against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also ordered his accusers to present to you their case against him.

One response to “Acts 23:23-30

  1. Preserved in the text of the word is an actual military dispatch from a commander to his superior in the Roman army. As is the Bible needed to be any cooler. This man did not want the blood of a Roman citizen to be on his hands so he puts together an impressive security detail and sends Paul to a safer place.

    In “passing the hot potato”, he is sending Paul on his predestined journey and giving him audiences along the way. It is impossible not to see God’s hand in this.

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