Acts 23:23–35 (ESV)
Paul Sent to Felix the Governor
23 Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third hour of the night. 24 Also provide mounts for Paul to ride and bring him safely
to Felix the governor.” 25 And he wrote a letter to this effect:
26 “Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings. 27 This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by
them when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman citizen. 28 And desiring to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their council. 29 I found that he was being accused about questions
of their law, but charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. 30 And when it was disclosed to me that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him.”
31 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 And on the next day they returned to the barracks, letting the horsemen go on with him. 33 When they had come
to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him. 34 On reading the letter, he asked what province he was from. And when he learned that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, “I will give you a hearing when your accusers
arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod’s praetorium.
Yesterday, 40 guys were plotting to kill him. Today, the tribune rescues Paul and sends him in a different direction with
a little protection... that is, 200 soldiers, 70 horseman, and 200 spearman. I guess the 40 guys felt outnumbered. In yesterday’s reading, they had mad a vow to not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. I wonder how long the vow lasted?
The governor will give Paul a hearing when his accuser arrive. I imagine the accusers are starting to wonder what is going on? This is turning into a bigger issue than they had planned on and now they will be meeting before the governor.
Who is in control? God is!
I pray: It is truly awesome to see you work in Paul’s life and the massive protection you give him when 40 guys try to kill him. Lord let the Holy Spirit
work in the live’s of Christians so that the world sees your greatness. What you did for Paul inspires and invigorates me! Help me to be bold and to proclaim your name to the world. Amen.