Sunday, February 3, 2013

From Acts to Revelation Part 62 – Paul is Arrested

From Acts to Revelation
Part 62  – Paul is Arrested
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

Last week, we saw Paul preparing to take the Nazerite Vow with four other Brother's in Christ. As they prepared, first shaving their heads, and then going into the inner court in the Temple, some Jews recognized Paul, and began a riot.

The Roman guards came, and Paul's beating stopped, and they arrested him.

We will see three things in today's scriptures;



Acts 21:33-40
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!”
37 As the soldiers were about to take Paul into the barracks, he asked the commander, “May I say something to you?”
“Do you speak Greek?” he replied. 38 “Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists out into the wilderness some time ago?”
39 Paul answered, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city. Please let me speak to the people.”
40 After receiving the commander’s permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the crowd. When they were all silent, he said to them in Aramaic (or Original Hebrew)

a.      Paul is arrested by the Roman guards
i.       Actually, God allows this to happen so Paul would be saved from the mob beating him to death.

ii.    Sometimes in our lives we do not understand why God allows certain things to take place.

iii. What we need to remember is;
a.      James 1:17 "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

iv.   Sometimes it can be difficult to know if something in your life is from God or Satan.
a.      The difference between condemnation and conviction is this;
1.      CONDEMNATION is from Satan, who uses guilt to hold you down, keep you a slave, and make you want to run FROM God.

2.      CONVICTION is from the Holy Spirit, who uses it with understanding, to lift you up, make you free, and cause you to run TO God.

b.     Conviction from the Holy Spirit causes you to move towards God, and will build and edify, strengthen your relationship with God, not weaken it.

b.     The Commander tried to question the crowd, but they were a mob, and shouted many differing answers as to why they were beating Paul.

c.      So the commander took Paul to the barracks.

d.     The crowd yelling, "GET RID OF HIM!"
i.       The same cry we hear from the crowds towards Jesus in Luke 23:18

ii.    Why? Because it is the voice of the same spirit...Satan.

iii. Remember Ephesians 6:12!
a.      For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

iv.   Paul's enemies were not the Jews attacking him...they were pawns, used by the spirit of Satan to stop the Word of God! The real enemy of Paul was the evil spirit.

a.      Paul, speaking in Greek, asks the commander to speak to the people.
i.       This was prompted by the Holy Spirit

ii.    God saved Paul from the murderous mob, placed him in "protective custody", and placed him near the barracks, where he would now be "safe" to speak to the crowds on the Lord's behalf.

b.     The Commander was surprised Paul could speak Greek, because he thought Paul was someone else!
i.       The commander thought Paul was an Egyptian who had started a rebellion in the wilderness with 4,000 terrorists.

a.      "I am a Jew from Tarsus, a citizen of no ordinary city (LIT. - no mean city.)"
i.       Tarsus was infamous for philosophy and learning

b.     The commander gives Paul permission to speak.

c.      God is STILL working here!
i.       Paul was saved from the mob

ii.    protected with armed guards from the Jews who were trying to kill him

iii. lead to a safe place

iv.   and now, the Holy Spirit prompts Paul to speak one last time to the Jews.

d.     The last cry-out to the Jews, by God in scripture.
i.       Remember, it was the feast time in Jerusalem, all the God fearing Jews from all the lands were here.

ii.    Jews who did not follow Christ as well as Jews who followed Christ, but thought Paul was teaching against the Law of Moses, were present, and wanted Paul dead.

iii. This will be the last recorded cry-out by the Holy Spirit to the Jews.

e.      Paul stood on the steps,
i.        surrounded by armed guards and in chains, motioned to the crowd. When they were silent, he spoke in Aramaic (or the original Hebrew tongue, which has since been lost...we do not know).

All good comes from God's hands, and if God allows something, it is ONLY for our good and growth, if we will learn from the experiences, and try to have understanding of how they came about, whether it was CORRECTION, DISCIPLINE, INSTRUCTION, or BLESSING we failed to recognize.

Condemnation is from Satan, for Jesus said, "I did not come into the world to CONDEMN it...but to save it."

Condemnation is Satan's tool, to use guilt, holding you down, and keeping you a slave to sin, in hopes you will run FROM God instead of to Him.

 Conviction is of God's Holy Spirit, to build you up, edify and strengthen you, so you will come to a closer relationship with God.

Conviction will always draw you nearer to God!

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