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Paul's Defense in Jerusalem (20 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 22:1-30
INTRODUCTION: In last week's lesson, Paul was seized in the Temple, following an uprising against him, instigated by some of the Jews who had come from certain parts of Asia. Notice vs. 27, of chapter 21: "And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him."
In vs. 31, they were about to kill Paul, when word came to the captain of the Roman guard concerning the uproar. The crowd was so violent that the soldiers had to bear Paul up over their heads in order to protect him from the mob.
In our lesson tonight, Paul is allowed to give an answer in his defense. We have three points to our outline:
I. His Jewish Background
II. His Salvation Experience
III. His Divisive Remarks
I. HIS JEWISH BACKGROUND (VV. 1-5)
A. His Devotion to Jewish Education (vv. 1-3)
1. The first part of Paul's defense was his
devotion to the Hebrew way of life and his strict adherence to Jewish law. He was educated by Gamaliel, a respected rabbi, and according to vs. 3, "taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers...." No doubt, Paul's education was impressive. And when he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue, the Bible says, "They kept the more silence."
ILLUS: I can't help but think of Dr. Hebert Opalek, a former Jewish Rabbi. I recently heard Dr. Opalek give his testimony at Gideon's banquet. He told how that at one time he was one of the leading rabbis in America, having ordained over 300 rabbis himself. He has a tremendous testimony and has influenced people everywhere he spoken.
2. Here is something important for us to know: each person has a testimony unique to himself, and God can use that testimony to reach others for Christ. Whether it is in your education, the kind of work you do, or in the hobbies and ...
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