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Acts 23 - NIRV

1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin. "My brothers," he said, "I have always done my duty to God. To this very day I feel that I have done nothing wrong."

2 Ananias the high priest heard this. So he ordered the men standing near Paul to hit him on the mouth.

3 Then Paul said to him, "You pretender! God will hit you! You sit there and judge me by the law. But you yourself broke the law when you commanded them to hit me!"

4 Those who were standing near Paul said, "How dare you talk like that to God's high priest!"

5 Paul replied, "Brothers, I didn't realize he was the high priest. It is written, 'Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.' "#1(Exodus 22:28)#2

6 Paul knew that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees. So he called out in the Sanhedrin. "My brothers," he said, "I am a Pharisee. I am the son of a Pharisee. I believe that people will rise from the dead. That's why I am on trial."

7 When he said this, the Pharisees and the Sadducees started to argue. They began to take sides. 8 The Sadducees say that people will not rise from the dead. They don't believe there are angels or spirits either. But the Pharisees believe all these things.

9 People were causing trouble and making a lot of noise. Some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up. They argued strongly. "We find nothing wrong with this man," they said. "What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?" 10 The arguing got out of hand. The commanding officer was afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by those who were arguing. So he ordered the soldiers to go down and take him away from them by force. They were supposed to bring him into the fort.

11 The next night the Lord stood near Paul. He said, "Be brave! You have given witness about me in Jerusalem. You must do the same in Rome."

12

The Plan to Kill Paul

12 The next morning the Jews gathered secretly to make plans against Paul. They took an oath that they would not eat or drink anything until they had killed him. 13 More than 40 men took part in this plan. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders. They said, "We have taken a strong oath. We have made a special promise to God. We will not eat anything until we have killed Paul. 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin must make an appeal to the commanding officer. Ask him to bring Paul to you. Pretend you want more facts about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here."

16 But Paul's nephew heard about this plan. So he went into the fort and told Paul.

17 Then Paul called one of the commanders. He said to him, "Take this young man to the commanding officer. He has something to tell him." 18 So the commander took Paul's nephew to the officer.

The commander said, "Paul, the prisoner, sent for me. He asked me to bring this young man to you. The young man has something to tell you."

19 The commanding officer took the young man by the hand. He spoke to him in private. "What do you want to tell me?" the officer asked.

20 He said, "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul to the Sanhedrin tomorrow. They will pretend they want more facts about him. 21 Don't give in to them. More than 40 of them are waiting in hiding to attack him. They have taken an oath that they will not eat or drink anything until they have killed him. They are ready now. All they need is for you to bring Paul to the Sanhedrin."

22 The commanding officer let the young man go. But he gave him a warning. "Don't tell anyone you have reported this to me," he said.

23

Paul Is Taken to Caesarea

23 Then the commanding officer called for two of his commanders. He ordered them, "Gather a company of 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen and 200 men armed with spears. Get them ready to go to Caesarea at nine o'clock tonight. 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix."

25 Here is the letter the officer wrote.

26 I, Claudius Lysias, am writing this letter. I am sending it to His Excellency, Governor Felix. Greetings.

27 The Jews grabbed Paul. They were about to kill him. But I came with my soldiers and saved him. I had learned that he is a Roman citizen. 28 I wanted to know why they were bringing charges against him. So I brought him to their Sanhedrin. 29 I found out that the charge against him was based on questions about their law. But there was no charge against him worthy of death or prison. 30 Then I was told about a plan against the man. So I sent him to you at once. I also ordered those bringing charges against him to tell you their case.

31 The soldiers followed their orders. During the night they took Paul with them. They brought him as far as Antipatris. 32 The next day they let the horsemen go on with him. The soldiers returned to the fort. 33 The horsemen arrived in Caesarea. They gave the letter to the governor. Then they handed Paul over to him. 34 The governor read the letter. He asked Paul where he was from. He learned that Paul was from Cilicia. 35 So he said, "I will hear your case when those bringing charges against you get here." Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod's palace.




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James Lee avatar
Just When I Need Him Most
Shared by: James Lee on Dec, 2016
Summary: I need to remind myself, from time to time, that He has a reason for everything. Adapted from a series by Pastor Jerry Shirley.
Series: Acts Series
Scripture: Acts 23:10-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 29
James Lee avatar
Just When I Need Him Most
Shared by: James Lee on Dec, 2016
Summary: Paul is in prison, yet he has an Ambassador attitude, meaning that he sees himself as is a representative from a foreign land. Original written by Jerry Shirley.
Series: Acts Series
Scripture: Acts 23:10-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3
David Owens avatar
Understanding What Paul Understood
Shared by: David Owens on Aug, 2016
Summary: In this sermon, we look at some of the difficulties that Paul faced and how he endured them by trusting in God. He understood that God would always be with him, and that although God would not remove the difficulties, God would enable him to overcome.
Scripture: Acts 21:1-23:24
Views: 201
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Revealing the Mystery of Jesus's Divine Life
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on May, 2016
Summary: In the end, what we are seeking is the glory of the Father
Scripture: Acts 22:30-23:11
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 86
John Gaston avatar
The Command to "Cheer Up!"
Shared by: John Gaston on Nov, 2015
Summary: In one of Paul's most discouraged moments, the Lord Jesus appeared to him and told him to cheer up, giving him several reasons why. We too should be buoyed by the same command and encouragements.
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Ministry to the Young and our Evangelical Mission
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on May, 2015
Summary: In our quest to be One Church, we must show forth Goodness, Beauty, and Truth, especially to the young.
Scripture: Acts 22:30-23:11
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 1,003
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
#1 SHAKE IT OFF
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Dec, 2014
Summary: Sometimes life and ministry seems to tax the joy and hope out of the believer. The attacks seem to come from every side. Am I wrong? Am I in the wrong place? Problems? Hang on, if the snake bites, shake it into the fire and go on.
Nelson Emeonu avatar
The End of All Conspiracy
Shared by: Nelson Emeonu on Dec, 2013
Summary: The conspiracy of the evil ones against a child of God shall not stand. One with God is in the majority. He cares for His children and His counsel shall stand forever. Remember,If God is for you, no one can be against you.Trust in Him always.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Acts 23:12-31
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 901
T.J. Conwell avatar
Guilt Cannot Overpower Us
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Oct, 2013
Summary: It doesn't matter who you used to be. In spite of your past, God loves you, he will change you, and he will use you—if you open your heart to him.
Scripture: Acts 23:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,800
Dan Proctor avatar
When God Encourages His Children
Shared by: Dan Proctor on Jun, 2013
Summary: Maybe today you are battling discouragement or even utter despair. Please know that every believer’s heart can be encouraged by the Lord. How does God encourage His children?
Series: Acts
Scripture: Acts 23:1-11 Acts 23:1
Denomination: Bible Church
Views: 821
Gerald Roberts avatar
What Resurrection Means?
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Mar, 2013
Summary: Resurrection means nothing to many, but to others it is everything.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Acts 23:6
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 890
Phillip Frye avatar
Having A Clear Conscience
Shared by: Phillip Frye on Mar, 2012
Summary: Do you have a clear conscience concerning your relationship with Christ?
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Acts 23:1-11
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,598
J.D. Tutell avatar
Character During Adversity
Shared by: J.D. Tutell on May, 2011
Summary: The character of Paul is revealed as his stands trial before the high priest who reveals he already has deemed Paul guilty.
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,091
Daniel Olukoya avatar
Dedication that Speak against You
Shared by: Daniel Olukoya on Mar, 2010
Summary: “Dedications that speak against you” is for everyone. It is both preventive and curative.
based on 19 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:12
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 20,149
Byron Harvey avatar
Of Guilt and Innocence
Shared by: Byron Harvey on Jan, 2010
Summary: This message continues my series through the book of Acts.
Scripture: Acts 23:12-24:27
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 720
Mark Opperman avatar
Becoming an Effective Witness for Christ
Shared by: Mark Opperman on Dec, 2009
Summary: Jesus wants us to be witnesses for Him, who effectively share the good news of His grace with others.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:1-11
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 6,750
Mark Opperman avatar
He’s Got You Covered
Shared by: Mark Opperman on Dec, 2009
Summary: No matter how hard our enemy fights against us, God will take care of us if we will trust in Him.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:12-35
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 5,350
Jason Jones avatar
A Mightier Deliverance
Shared by: Jason Jones on May, 2009
Summary: Exposition of Acts 23:12-35 about the excessive deliverance of Paul from the Jews
Series: Acts
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:12-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,698
Jason Jones avatar
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Shared by: Jason Jones on May, 2009
Summary: Exposition of the first 11 verses of Acts 23 about Paul’s informal trial in front of the Sanhedrin, his outburst, and his deliverance.
Series: Acts
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 771
Richard White avatar
Difference makers know why they believe
Shared by: Richard White on Apr, 2009
Summary: Do you know why you believe? Are you willing to die for that belief. Teh Apostles faced horrible deaths for their proclamation of the resurrection.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:1-11
Views: 993
Byron Harvey avatar
The Invisible Hand
Shared by: Byron Harvey on Mar, 2009
Summary: The "invisible hand" of a sovereign God guides Paul (and us!).
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Acts 22:22-23:11
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,815
Stephen Collins avatar
Overcoming Guilt
Shared by: Stephen Collins on Jan, 2009
Summary: Part 13 of "Being the Church," focusing on the terrible power guilt has over many of our lives and how God overcomes guilt with the power of His grace.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:1-23
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 2,127
Tom Fuller avatar
Facing the Court
Shared by: Tom Fuller on Nov, 2008
Summary: The Apostle Paul has put himself in harms way and now stands before a Roman court. Thanks to the Lord working through other people, he is bold to share his faith - a boldness we can have too.
Series: Acts
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:12-24:27
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 838
Jimmy Chapman avatar
Where man rules, God will overule
Shared by: Jimmy Chapman on Oct, 2008
Summary: The Bible often teaches and illustrates the doctrine of God’s providence; His providence should be a source of great comfort and instruction for every believer.
based on 15 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:11-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,803
Steve Shepherd avatar
Responsibilities In This World
Shared by: Steve Shepherd on Jul, 2008
Summary: In this text we see some responsibilities that we all have in this life. 1- Our duty to God 2- Our respect to man 3- Our witness to mankind
based on 34 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:1-11
Views: 4,690
Jeff Hughes avatar
The Sanhedrin's Inquiry
Shared by: Jeff Hughes on Feb, 2008
Summary: The Sanhedrin questions one of their own who has returned.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:1-35
Views: 1,133
Chris Surber avatar
Against The Grain
Shared by: Chris Surber on Sep, 2007
Summary: Let us learn from the example of Horace Bushnell. Let us find the courage in Christ, to go against the grain.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:11
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 1,507
Jon MacKinney avatar
Drawing Comfort from God's Sovereignty
Shared by: Jon MacKinney on Jun, 2007
Summary: We can find ourselves in precarious positions where we wonder what will become of us. And yet our sovereign God is using even our weakness to accomplish His purposes.
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:12-35
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,530
Jon MacKinney avatar
The Sovereignty of God
Shared by: Jon MacKinney on Mar, 2007
Summary: This is a great example of how the sovereignty of God is seen in a very real event. God is in charage of every detail!
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Acts 22:23-23:11
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,322
Michael McCartney avatar
"Fly High" - Acts part 21
Shared by: Michael McCartney on Dec, 2006
Summary: Acts 23 teaches us that “Flying high” for the Lord means we understand that our testimony – our witness - does impact the direction of nations and that the natural law of sowing (planting) and reaping (harvesting) is also a spiritual law. Our personal wit
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Acts 23:1-35
Views: 795