Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
Did I almost get whacked? [yes- I reviewed Acts 23 on this clip- I made it right before today’s teaching video] https://youtu.be/FcBD6k6Wj1Y
.Pet of the week [Baby the dog]
.County- Federal courts in Acts
.High priest= County judge
.Paul rebukes the judge- in court
.Paul divides the crowd
.Sanhedrin- Jewish court made up of 70-100 men
.Ananias- the high priest- killed by his own people in Jewish war with Romans
.Felix- governor of Judea representing Rome
.Conspiracy of 40 men to kill Paul- the local authorities agreed!
.Paul’s nephew spills the beans
.Paul put in the holding cell
.Corruption in the courts- seen in Acts
.The locals [even in Paul’s day] knew the judge was corrupt
ACTS 23- Paul continues his defense before the council and chief priests. He realizes that the council is divided ‘politically/religiously’ along the lines of the Pharisees versus the Sadducees. Though these were both religious groups who were Jewish, yet they had major disagreements. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection or spirit or angels [why in the heck would you even want to be religious if you rejected these things? ‘Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die’! The philosophies that rose out of the enlightenment era and the French revolution were based on ‘nihilism’ the idea of having no moral compass. The rise of Marxism and other communist expressions of Government had good intentions at times! The problem was they espoused the atheistic philosophies of the time and [overblog- see here- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/10/04/acts-23-2/ ]ultimately this leads to a total loss of purpose and meaning. Though these philosophers tried to say that