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12 And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy. 14 They came to the chief priests and elders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”

 

In verses 12-15, the Roman government delivers Paul from his enemies.

23:12

And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

The next morning, after Paul spoke to the Jewish assembly, some Jews took an oath that they would neither eat nor drink until they killed Paul.

23:13

Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy.

More than forty men took the oath to kill Paul.

23:14

They came to the chief priests and elders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul.

Those who took the oath came to the chief priests and elders and informed them of their plot against Paul. The issue against the apostle involved the villainy of the assassins and the degradation and apostasy of the leaders of the nation Israel. The Jews stood in hopeless apostasy.

23:15

Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”

Those who plotted to kill Paul enlisted Jewish leadership in their conspiracy to kill him. They asked the council to contact the Roman commander to pretend to examine Paul further, and they would lay in ambush to kill him.

PRINCIPLE:

God controls human agents to fulfill His purposes.

APPLICATION:

There are special times when God delivers His people by providential circumstances. Jesus promised Paul he would be delivered from the Jews and Jerusalem and sent to Rome to testify of Christ there. God used a national entity to protect Paul from another group of national leaders. He was in the hands of a sovereign God.  

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