Cat among the pigeons (Acts 23:6-11)

David Last, 02/06/2019
Part of the Acts series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Tags: Anger, Argument, Babel, Confusion, Danger, Disunity, Israel, Jerusalem, Judgement, Paul, Pharisee, Sadduccee, Sanhedrin, Society, Testify, Trial, Witness

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Acts 23:6–11 (Listen)

Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.” And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees' party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” 10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks.

11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”

(ESV)

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