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The Gospel and Government (15 of 19)
INTRODUCTION: Up to this point Paul's main controversy had been with the Jewish Religious leaders. They had followed him from city to city getting stirring up the crowds against him. But in chapter 22 as Paul enters the city of Jerusalem a historical shift occurred. You see Jesus Himself had told Ananias not to stay away from Paul in Acts 9:15 (ESV) 15 But the Lord said to him, ''Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.
Now Paul had witnessed before the Gentiles, he had witnessed before the children of Israel… now it is time for Paul to stand before Kings.
Things begin as they had in every other city…
Acts 21:27-31 (ESV)
27 When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, ''Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.'' 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. 31 And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.
Adjacent to the Temple complex was the Tower of Antonia, a fortress built by Herod the Great for defense of the temple. The Roman troops were garrisoned there. Antonia had several high towers, one which is said to have been 100 feet high, allowing a full view of the entire temple area. Perhaps it was a sentry posted there who first caught sight of the gathering mob and sent word to his commander, the Roman tribune in charge of th ...
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