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Acts 23:12-22 Forty Hungry Jews

In the right place at the right time

Paul is back in protective custody as we rejoin him. God spoke to him in this place and told him that he was not done testifying for Him. When day breaks though, another group of men hatch a different plan.

As soon as I started reading and saw the “oath” this group made I smiled. Their promise was to neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. Were these men the Asian Jews? They absolutely did NOT like Paul. If they were serious about their oath they would die of hunger and thirst! The group went so far as to make their oath known to the chief priests. Did it make their oath more binding or were there ways to get out of it because circumstances changed?

When presenting the plan to the chief priests, one would hope that those in authority wouldn’t go along with a murder plot. We aren’t specifically told that they “agreed” to this plan but Paul’s nephew makes it clear they did. Not surprising as they hatched a plot themselves to kill Jesus and any of His new followers. The counsel that is supposed to be the religious and moral compass of the Jews is instead a colluding band of murders. Sorry if that comes out a bit strong but that is how I read their actions. Read more »