Acts 23:12–22 (ESV)
A Plot to Kill Paul
When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than forty who made this conspiracy. 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly
bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. 15 Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him
before he comes near.”
16 Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. 17 Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this
young man to the tribune, for he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you.” 19 The tribune
took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?” 20 And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more
closely about him. 21 But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him, who have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him. And now they are ready, waiting for your consent.”
22 So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of these things.”
Forty men bent on killing Paul, yet God is actively working through the son
of Paul’s sister and the tribune. The tribune needs to receive the medal of honor. We often want to chalk up this event as two people who are saving Paul, but we are selling short the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the real workhorse.
God is at work and God is in control. The tribune is simple doing what is right and is not fully aware that he is saving the life of Paul, one of the greatest of the apostles. Paul knows that he will be alive when he gets to Rome, so he is merely
along for the ride. How many times is God actively working and rescuing us and we are not really aware, or even maybe blaming God for things not going right... when He is saving us? For one thing, we can’t see things from God’s perspective
and too often we want to be in control when it is God who is in control. We need to let God be God and to trust him.
I pray: O Lord, help me to work with and through you instead of against you.
Let your Holy Spirit guide and protect me. Help me to be bold and to trust you. I know I only see things from my perspective and not yours. Help me to not get in your way. Amen.