Devotional

Acts 23:12-end  Ambush

Certain Jews resorted to underhand, illegal tactics in order to murder Paul.  Their plot was discovered, the Roman authorities alerted and Paul was taken out by night with a large military escort: the Romans were taking no chances.  This is the only time Paul’s sister and her son are mentioned in the Bible: we are not told anything about them or how a “young man” could so easily gain admission to the barracks and the commandant.  It would be fascinating to know more. Luke’s purpose, however, is not to give a biography of Paul, but to tell the story of the spread of the gospel.  The gospel, not Paul, is the “hero” of Luke’s writing.