Paul was not winning friends or influencing people for the Jewish Leaders. In fact, they decided to form a death squad to kill Paul at his hearing. As God is always in control, he had Paul’s nephew at the meeting that immediately reported to Paul and to the Roman Commander. The commander saw the problem was not going to subside, so he prepared to send Paul to the Governor under well-armed escort. The poor killers were thwarted.
God does have our interest at heart. As discussed, many times, God prepares, provides, and protects His beloved. We are His beloved. We must learn to trust and follow him, even when there seems to be no way out of our circumstance. We must also be ready to be God’s solution to a problem. Paul’s nephew probably had no idea he would be a person instrumental in getting Paul to Rome.
Trust in the Lord and He will work His plan in our lives.
God Bless You
The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul. 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”
16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him to the commander.
The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”
19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”
20 He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him. 21 Don’t give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.”
22 The commander dismissed the young man with this warning: “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.”
Paul Transferred to Caesarea
23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen[b] to go to Caesarea at nine tonight. 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”