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Christians: St. Paul
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Paul's last days of freedom summarize his turbulent life. His friends' fears
regarding Jerusalem proved well-founded. A murderous mob there assailed
him with trumped-up charges, and he had to be rescued bodily by soldiers.
In typical brazen style, Paul asked to address the unruly crowd, using the
chance to confront them with his life's testimony. The crowd listened until
he got to the part about a mission to the Gentiles; then it erupted.
In his speech (22:3-21), Paul referred back to the day he stood on the sidelines
cheering as Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was killed. That violent
scene was forever etched in Paul's mind as a reminder of his former life.
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(pol) [[L Paulus (or Gr Paulos ), Rom. surname, prob. < paulus,
small: akin to paucus, FEW]] 1 a masculine name: equiv. L. Paulus , It.
Paulo , Sp. Pablo : fem. Paula , Pauline 2 (original name Saul ) died c.
A.D. 67: a Jew of Tarsus who became the Apostle of Christianity to the Gentiles:
author of several Letters in the New Testament: his day is June 29: also
Saint Paul. top of page
Jews Try to
Kill Paul in Jerusalem
Acts 21, top of page
27When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia
saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him,
28shouting, "Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who teaches all
men everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides,
he has brought Greeks into the temple area and defiled this holy place."
29(They had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul
and assumed that Paul had brought him into the temple area.)
30The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions.
Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates
were shut. 31While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander
of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32He
at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When
the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
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The Second Plot
to Murder St. Paul
Acts Chapter 23, top of page
12The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with
an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13More than forty
men were involved in this plot. 14They went to the chief priests and elders
and said, "We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we
have killed Paul. 15Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander
to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information
about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here."
16But when the son of Paul's sister heard of this plot, he went into the
barracks and told Paul.
17Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, "Take this young
man to the commander; he has something to tell him." 18So he took him
to the commander.
The centurion said, "Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to
bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you."
19The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked,
"What is it you want to tell me?"
20He said: "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the
Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about
him. 21Don't give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting
in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they
have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request."
22The commander dismissed the young man and cautioned him, "Don't tell
anyone that you have reported this to me."
23Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, "Get ready
a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmenB
to go to Caesarea at nine tonight. 24Provide mounts for Paul so that he
may be taken safely to Governor Felix." top
of St. Paul - Verse By Verse top of page
(Ac 9:16,23-25,29; 14:19; 16:19-25; 20:22-24; 21:13,27-33; 22:22-24; 23:10,12-15;
Ro 8:35-37; 1Co 4:9,11-13; 2Co 1:8-10; 4:8-9; 6:4-5, 8-10; 11:23-27,32-33;
12:10; Gal 5:11; 6:17; Php 1:30; Col 1:24; 1Th 2:2,14-15; 3:4; 2Ti 1:12;
2:9-10; 3:11-12; 4:16-17). top of page
Try to Murder St. Paul, Acts 9, top of
19and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several
days with the disciples in Damascus. 20At once he began to preach in the
synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21All those who heard him were
astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem
among those who call on this name? And hasn't he come here to take them
as prisoners to the chief priests?" 22Yet Saul grew more and more powerful
and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.
23After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him, 24but
Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city
gates in order to kill him. 25But his followers took him by night and lowered
him in a basket through an opening in the wall. top
of Jews in Jerusalem to Murder St. Paul, Acts 9, top
26When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were
all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27But Barnabas
took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey
had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus
he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28So Saul stayed with them
and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the
Lord. 29He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill
him. 30When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea
and sent him off to Tarsus. top of page
Jews Think They
Have Stoned Paul To Death
Drag Him Outside the Gates of Iconium,
Acts Chapter 14, top of page
19Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They
stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20But
after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into
the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe. top
St. Paul Speaks
Out in Bible on His Persecution by Jews top
1 Corinthians 4 top of page
9For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of
the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made
a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. 10We are
fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are
strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11To this very hour we go hungry
and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12We
work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are
persecuted, we endure it; 13when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up
to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.
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8We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered
in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability
to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9Indeed, in our hearts we
felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on
ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10He has delivered us from such
a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that
he will continue to deliver us, 11as you help us by your prayers.
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Are they Abraham's descendants? So am I. 23Are they servants of Christ?
(I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder,
been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed
to death again and again. 24Five times I received from the Jews the forty
lashes minus one.
2 Timothy 3 top of page
10You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose,
faith, patience, love, endurance, 11persecutions, sufferings--what kinds
of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions
I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
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