Acts 23:6-11

Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)

There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.

11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”

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One response to “Acts 23:6-11

  1. Paul’s life was abandoned to self and singly focused on the purpose of God. When Christ spoke to him and said that he was needed to speak in Rome as he had in Jerusalem, I can’t imagine Paul could find greater peace.

    When we struggle to know and to find the will of God, it is because the clouds of self-centeredness and disobedience that we bring into our lives. Paul had nothing but his ministry and his obedience. God spoke to him because Paul heard and obeyed.

    I have responsibilities and purpose in this life, but I can also clear away some clouds and make plainer the voice of God.

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