- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 23
Paul’s arrest and trial.
Paul stood before Sanhedrin and testified with good conscience what he believed.
The resurrection of the dead (1-11) — Two Jewish religious leadership groups, the Pharisees and the Sadducees, were divided because of the dispute on the resurrection of the dead. The Pharisees believed in a bodily resurrection, but the Sadducees did not. Paul’s words moved them into debate. Paul assured of his calling from the Lord in the vision.
Rescued from plot to kill (12-22) — Forty Jewish men plotted to kill Paul. But he was rescued from them, and the foot soldiers escorted him to the governor, Felix. He was a Roman governor.
Transferred to Caesarea (23-35) —His arrest and trial was a part of God’s plan to send him to Rome so that the gospel of Jesus Christ could be reached to the end of the world.
We read again in this chapter the work of the Holy Spirit. God worked amazingly. God worked through Roman army to deliver Paul from his enemies to Caesarea, gentile sea port, from where Paul was ready to go to Rome. His experience echoes his confession he wrote in the book of Romans, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.” (8:28)
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.