7 July Acts 23:12-32

7 July. Paul survives an assassination plot and is taken to Caesarea

"In the morning, some of the Jews made a plan to kill Paul, and they took an oath not to eat or drink anything until they had killed him. There were more than 40 Jews who made this plan."

"They went to the leading priests and the Jewish elders and said... 'Send a message to the commander to bring Paul out to you as though you want to ask him more questions. We will be waiting to kill him while he is on the way here.'"

"But Paul's nephew heard about this plan and went to the army building [the Antonia Fortress] and told Paul. Then Paul called one of the officers and said, 'Take this young man to the commander. He has a message for him.'..."

"The commander took the young man's hand and led him to a place where they could be alone. He asked, 'What do you want to tell me?' The young man said, 'The Jews have decided to ask you to bring Paul down to their council meeting tomorrow... More than 40 men are hiding and wanting to kill Paul.'..."

"The commander sent the young man away, ordering him, 'Don't tell anyone that you have told me about their plan. Then the commander called two officers and said, 'I need some men to go to Caesarea. Get 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen and 200 men with spears ready to leave [under cover of darkness] at nine o'clock tonight. Get some horses for Paul to ride so he can be taken to Governor Felix safely.'..."

"So the soldiers did what they were told and took Paul and brought him to the city of Antipatris that night. The next day the horsemen went with Paul to Caesarea, but the other soldiers went back to the army building in Jerusalem."

          (Acts 23:12-32)

 

 

While Paul was under arrest in the Antonia Fortress, some of the Jews in Jerusalem planned to kill him by asking the Roman commander to bring Paul to appear before the Sanhedrin (the Jewish council) and ambushing him on the way.

However, Paul’s nephew heard about the assassination plot and reported it to Paul. He then repeated the details of the plot to the Roman commander, Claudius Lysias.

The commander had already put Paul (a Roman citizen) in chains illegally, and didn't want a dead Roman citizen on his hands, causing further trouble for him.

So he made arrangements to transfer Paul immediately, under cover of darkness, to Antipatris (a Greek city with few Jews, built by Herod the Great and named after his father, Antipater) (see 1 on the map).

The following day, Paul travelled on with an armed cavalry escort to the Romans' Judaean headquarters at Caesarea, to appear before Felix, the Roman Governor of Judaea.

The map shows Paul's journey from Jerusalem to Rome.

You can read more about Paul's arrest and transfer to Caesarea @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/…/paul-addresses-the-crowds/


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