In cases of emergency, as this was, a Roman official, such as the tribune, could order the Sanhedrin to meet. The Lord knew better, however, and repeated His command for Paul to leave, saying to him, "Go! This affords a glimpse of the brutal culture in which a "confession" was tortured out of any hapless wretch who happened to be accused or the center of any disturbance. TO PAUL'S CITIZENSHIP. He talked alright, but not what the Romans wanted to hear or expected to hear. Saul had an agenda in Damascus, but Jesus had another appointment for Saul in that city. 17:13; Isa. Paul's traveling companions were like the Jews in John 12:28-29 when Jesus declared "Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him.” They "heard" it but did not understand. Note, A humbling conviction of sin is the first step towards a saving conversion from sin. Death is a result of Adam’s sin (Ro 5:12+). "The despised word `Gentiles' was a red flag to those wild, savage bulls of hate. When we prepare to share our testimony, we too should always seek to find some common ground instead of just blasting them with our testimony. Romans 10. But on the other side of that coin, this message was urgently needed by Paul's persecutors, for their lives were in eternal danger, while Paul's was only in temporal danger. THOUGHT - This truth of God's previously prepared plan for every believer's life begs the question - Am I walking in His plan? The events leading up to that development are related in the next chapter. Only willful unbelief can fail to observe that in the accounts of Paul's conversion, there is the utmost harmony and agreement, and yet the most subtle variations, every one of them evidencing the most amazing skill of adapting the truth to the persons addressed, and to such a degree that no forger or interpolater could even have attempted such a thing. 20:9. All believers are in Covenant with the living God, Who is our Protector. The prefixed ana ([301] “up”) would have here an intensifying function, an extra force largely lost by the New Testament period. They focus on the temporal which they will lose, and refuse to focus on the eternal where they will lose their soul! The council here was the Sanhedrin, the same evil court that had judicially murdered the Son of God; and one is struck by the position of Lysias being so much like that of Pontius Pilate. Abbott-Scott adds that tasso as a military term meant 'to draw up in order, arrange in place, assign, appoint, order." The word trance "describes the unique apostolic experience of being transported beyond the normal senses to the supernatural realm to receive divine revelation. And at that very time - Literally "the same hour" often speaks of an indefinite short period of time and comparison with Acts 9:18+ indicates that is the meaning in this passage, for in that passage Luke records several additional details not mentioned here in Acts 22... "And immediately (eutheos) there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized.". 3:13. CHAPTER 22 Acts 22:1-30. ; with Preps. but "Am I listening for his voice?" 3:6; Isa. (Friberg). And there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.' Guzik - The Sanhedrin was the Jewish congress or parliament. He should not be allowed to live! While believers do not have a divine commission exactly like Paul (an apostle), we do have a "pre-planned" appointment. of Nearly half support abortion (from The Watchman Expositor, vol. Condemned sinners are struck blind by the power of darkness, and it is a lasting blindness, like that of the unbelieving Jews. This second use of ekstasis emphasizes the change of a state of mind, that is, from normal or peaceful to fear or amazement. But when they stretched him out with thongs (see picture in v24) - Moulton-Milligan on stretched forth (proteino - only NT use) says "this verb seems to be used not of binding or tying with thongs (AV, RV), but rather of “stretching forward” with thongs, so as to cause a tense posture for receiving blows." He got that message. He did not cease being a Jew. From them I also received letters to the brethren, and started off for Damascus in order to bring even those who were there to Jerusalem as prisoners to be punished. Gilbrant - Classical Greek demonstrates a rather diverse usage of this term. 1.1 § 2; 1.4 § 9). 5:26 ("struck with astonishment"); Acts 3:10 ("filled with...amazement"); Acts 10:10 (Peter "fell into a trance"); Acts 11:5 (“I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision"); Acts 22:17, Guzik makes a good point - Paul told them about something that happened about 20 years before, when he had been a follower of Jesus for 2 or 3 years.

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