The Foolishness of Men–Acts 23 Part 1

It is a difficult thing to trust in God.  Especially, in times when your fate rests in the hands of the foolish.  Paul stood on trial before the Jewish leaders.  No one knew the law and rules that governed the Jewish nation better than these men…or, so they thought. Within moments of the trials start, Paul had the entire group of Israel’s finest at each other’s throats and about to riot in the courtroom. Still, in the midst of the theater of false accusation, Paul knew that the intention of these men meant his end.
God, as he often does, picked that time to encourage and reiterate his commitment to Paul and his journey.  the Lord appeared to Paul personally.  In their time together, God reassured Paul that things were going as planned.  Just as you testified before these fools, now you must testify in Rome.  God knew that the events that lay ahead could shake anyone’s confidence.  The variable was how wicked and selfish men are.  Men say and do things that simply do not make sense–without God’s hand of protection, all that stand for God would be subject to death.
In the current culture, Men are equally foolish.  They strive to remove God from all aspects of their lives and replace him with SELFIES. They used to be called idols, but replacing God with the created is nothing more than self-absorption. Whether Hollywood or ISIS, men want God and all who represent him dead and gone.  Rest assured, beloved, that, as the Lord stood along side Paul, he also stands along side the church reminding us–the mission continues.  We have to trust Him with our lives and our journey.  As we move ahead, we can expect trials and temptation that would seem unimaginable, but as it descends, we lean into God’s spirit and keep walking–knowing he will execute flawlessly the plan He has devised.  God told us in Malachi 3– “Trust Me, try Me, prove me says the Lord of hosts, and see if a blessing, unmeasured blessing will not fall out on you!!!” Malachi 3:12
God Bless You
The commander wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews. So the next day he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the members of the Sanhedrin to assemble. Then he brought Paul and had him stand before them.
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]

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

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.”

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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