Paul knew it was inevitable, but it is still not a pleasant thing to face the wrongful accusations of ones own neighbors. Paul spent this day as he had all the others, teaching the people at the Temple about Christ. There in the midst, some Asian Jewish leaders attacked and accused him of defiling the temple and disparaging their faith–nether of which were true. Still they raised such a ruckus, that people were mercilessly beating Paul and rioting in the streets. The Roman soldiers had to literally peel people off of Paul to save his life. In the midst of the uproar, Paul spoke candidly with the soldiers and even asked to speak to the crowd.
Paul’s agenda was clear–even after he was attacked he wanted to use each breath left to him to complete the mission God set before him. The mission was simple–to speak the truth of Christ openly and honestly to anyone that would listen. Jew or non Jew, male or female, slave or free–Paul was committed to having them hear the truth. His commitment, while apparent, was simply not easy–he would pay a great price. That price was starting this day.
In our walks with the Lord, God has also called us to a mission. That mission varies–Some are called to serve, some to teach, some to pray, some to give and some to lead. No matter the mission, it is simply imperative that we attack it with the same fervor as Paul did. The risks can be high, it could cost us friends, jobs, or even persecution and death. No matter the cost, the rewards for our faithfulness in executing the mission will far outweigh any trial that may befall us. 2 Corinthians 4:17.
God Bless You
When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, 28 shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help us! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple and defiled this holy place.” 29 (They had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul and assumed that Paul had brought him into the temple.)30 The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut. 31 While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32 He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
33 The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another, and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. 35 When Paul reached the steps, the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers. 36 The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Get rid of him!”