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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Acts 23:11

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A. He had a burning desire to preach Christ in Jerusalem.
1. Soon after his conversion he came to Jerusalem, and the Lord told him to get out, for they would not receive his testimony.
a. Paul argued with the Lord.
1. If you ever find yourself arguing with the Lord, you're wrong.
2. Have you ever thought the Lord was making a mistake?
B. His great moment had finally come.
1. He stood on the steps of the Antonio fortress.
2. The crowd listened intently as he recounted his conversion.
3. They, however, did not let him finish his message, but began to riot.
C. He had finally appeared before the Sanhedrin.
1. Which also ended with a near riot.
2. He started off bad, and things just got worse.
a. He began saying, "I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day."
1. At this point, the High Priest ordered the fellow standing by Paul to hit him in the mouth.
2. Paul said to him, "God will hit you, you whitewashed wall."
b. Paul then cried, "I am a Pharisee, and of the hope of the resurrection I am called in question."
1. Some accuse Paul of cleverly dividing his foes. Perhaps so.
2. I feel he wanted to preach the resurrection of Jesus to them.
c. He had to be taken into protective custody once again.
D. Paul's lifelong desire and dream ended in total disaster.
A. Trip to Jerusalem seemed total waste.
1. His reception by church less than enthusiastic.
a. No mention of any thanks for the gift he brought.
b. When Peter was in prison, the church prayed (no prayer meetings with Paul...)
c. The church through compromise had learned to live comfortably with the world, Peaceful coexistence.
1. They begged Paul not to disturb this.
2. They called on him to compromise also.
2. His reception by the Jews was even worse.
B. He no doubt was re-living his blunders.
1. Why did I mention Gentiles to the crowd?
2. Why did I lose my cool and call the High Priest
a. White-washed wall?
3. Many people sink in the cess pool of the question why.
4. Many spend weary nights trying to re-live the day. If I had only said, that if and why.
A. Suddenly in that prison, Jesus was standing by him.
1. First words, "Be of good cheer."
a. Same Greek phrase translated, "of good courage."
b. Signified he was discouraged or despondent.
2. How quickly the awareness of the presence of Jesus can dispel our fears, sorrows.
B. Jesus had no words of condemnation.
1. He didn't say, "Paul, why did you blow it?"
a. Paul was being harder on himself than the Lord.
b. This is often the case. We are condemning ourselves. "Who is he that condemneth?"
c. We often imagine the Lord condemning us.
C. He commended him, "As you have testified of me in Jerusalem."
1. Matters not that they rejected.
2. Matters not that they rioted.
D. He sets before him a new commission, "So must you also bear witness in Rome".
1. Desire of heart to be fulfilled, Acts 19:21.
2. Matters not that 40 men have vowed to kill you.
Sermon Notes for Acts 22:19 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Acts 23:11 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for John 1:1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Romans 1:16 Next Book →

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