From Pastor Perry

01/27/2014 Acts 22:22-29

Acts 22:22–29 (ESV)
Paul and the Roman Tribune
22 Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.” 23 And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, 24 the tribune ordered him to be brought into the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this. 25 But when they had stretched him out for the whips, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?” 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.” 27 So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, “Yes.” 28 The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.” 29 So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.

In today’s text, the people want to stone Paul because they think he brought a Gentile into the Temple.  The tribune steps in and has Paul taken to the barracks.  The stretched him out to whip him, but Paul stops them by asking if they can flog a Roman citizen.  They didn’t realize he was Roman by birth.  The tribune had to buy his citizenship for a lot of money.  Paul is saved by the government which is an extension of God’s control.  The Lutheran Study Bible points this out by stating: “God established the governing authorities to bring a degree of peace and civil righteousness to our troubled world. However, our ultimate hope is in the Lord. Christ’s Gospel brings eternal peace and righteousness before the highest court: heaven.”

I pray: O Lord, I am amazed at your protection.  You work through many ways to protect your people, even through governments and citizenship.  Protect us as we pray “and deliver us from evil.” Amen.

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