Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Three Hundred Forty-Five

Day Three Hundred Forty-Five, Acts 21-23

In today's reading, Paul arrives in Jerusalem. Here he ends up being arrested, as he is accused of desecrating the Temple. There is such an uproar among the Jews that the Roman authorities arrest Paul and take him into custody. As they are about to flog him, basically in order to get to the bottom of things, Paul insists to them that he is a Roman citizen.

That puts an immediate stop to that plan. The next day he has opportunity to speak to the Sanhedrin. I love how Paul explains himself to them, reminding them the is one of them. He is a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. The only difference, he says, is that he is on trial for his belief in the resurrection of the dead.

This causes a violent dispute between the Pharisees and Saducees, so violent that the Romans have to step in to protect Paul. They take him back into custody, and when word of a consipiracy to murder Paul gets to the Romans that evening, they transfer him into the custody of Governor Felix in Caesarea.

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