Acts 23:1-5

Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!”

Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!”

Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’[a]

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One response to “Acts 23:1-5

  1. “God’s high priest” seems to have come to be revered over Scripture. Man’s selfishness and pretentiousness with power in the church will always war against our duty to be chief servant of all.

    The contrast with what Jesus became, and who He was, should never grow dull with us. He turned the religious world upside down and became servant of all, He who was king of the universe.

    This priest turned a cold shoulder to truth, and the message Paul brought, and only cared about his office.

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