Scripture: Acts 22

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Paul Speaks To The Crowd

Acts 22:1-21 (KJV) Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.  (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)  I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.  And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.  As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.  And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.  And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?”  And I answered, Who art Thou, Lord? And He said unto me, “I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.”  And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of Him that spake to me.  10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, “Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.” 11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.  12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, 13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.  14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know His will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of His mouth.  15 For thou shalt be His witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.  16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.  17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; 18 And saw Him saying unto me, “Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning Me.”  19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on Thee:  20 And when the blood of Thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.  21 And He said unto me, “Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.”

Questions and Answers:

1. In what language did Paul (Saul) speak to the crowd (Acts 22:1-2)? Paul spoke to men, brethren, and fathers in Hebrew.

2. According to what was Paul (previously Saul) taught and toward who was he zealous (Acts 22:3)? Paul was taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God. 

3. What did Paul (Saul) do to members of the Way (Acts 22:4-5)? Paul (Saul) persecuted members of the Way – killing some, binding and delivering some to prisons, both men and women. He brought them to Jerusalem to be punished.

4. What did Paul (Saul) experience on the road to Damascus (Acts 22:6-8)? Suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about Paul (Saul) as he traveled to Damascus. And Paul (Saul) fell to the ground.  He had a conversation with Jesus who identified Himself as Jesus of Nazareth.

5. What did Paul’s (Saul’s) companions experience (Acts 22:9)? Paul’s (Saul’s) companions saw the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of Him who spoke to Paul (Saul).   

6. What did Jesus tell Paul (Saul) to do (Acts 22:10)? The Lord said unto Paul (Saul), “Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.”

7. What had to be done for Paul (Saul) (Acts 22:11)? Paul could not see for the glory of the light, so he had to be led by the hand of them that were with him to Damascus.

8. Who was Ananias and what did he do (Acts 22:12-16)? Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there came to Paul, and stood, and said to him, “Brother Saul, receive thy sight.” And Paul (Saul) received his sight.  And Ananias said, “The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know His will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of His mouth.  For thou shalt be His witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.  And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” 

9. What did Paul hear while in the temple praying (Acts 22:17-18)? While praying Paul saw Jesus saying to him, “Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning Me.” 

10. How did Paul respond (Acts 22:19-20)? Paul said, “Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on Thee:  And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.” 

11. What did the Lord say to Paul (Acts 22:21)? The Lord said to Paul, “Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.”

Paul The Roman Citizen

Acts 22:22-30 (KJV) 22 And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live. 23 And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air, 24 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.  25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?  26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.  27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. 28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.  29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.  30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.

Questions and Answers:

1. How did the crowd respond to Paul saying that the Lord was sending him to the Gentiles (Acts 22:21-23)? The crowd raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth; for it is not fit that he should live.” And they cried out, cast off their clothes and threw dust into the air.

2. What did the chief captain command (Acts 22:24)? The chief captain commanded Paul be brought into the castle.  Paul was to be scourged, and questioned as to why the people were so against him.

3. What did Paul ask the centurion that stood by as he was being bound (Acts 22:25)? Paul asked the centurion, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman and uncondemned?”

4. What did the centurion do when Paul told him he was a Roman (Acts 22:26)? The centurion went and told the chief captain, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.

5. What did the chief captain do when the centurion told him Paul was a Roman (Acts 22:27-30)? The chief captain questioned Paul. And he was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen in chains. The next day the chief captain released Paul and ordered the chief priest and all the Sanhedrin to assemble.  Then he brought Paul and had him stand before them.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 22:21-22 NIV (Paul is speaking to the Jews) “Then the Lord said to me, “Go: I will send you far away to the Gentiles.”  The crowd listened to Paul until he said this.  Then they raise their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him!  He’s not fit to live!”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses. My Bible notes: These people listened intently to Paul, but the word Gentile brought out all their anger and exposed their pride.  They were supposed to be a light to the Gentiles, telling them about the one true God.  But they had renounced that mission by becoming separatist and exclusive.  God’s plan, however, would not be thwarted.  The Gentiles were hearing the Good News through Jewish Christians such as Paul and Peter.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 22:14-16 (NIV) Then he (Ananias) said: “The God of our fathers has chosen you to see the Righteous One and to hear words from His mouth.   You will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and hear.  And now what are you waiting for?  Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We too have been chosen to hear His Word.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We to have been called to be His witness to all mankind.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I thank You for choosing us. Lord, I pray we will hear, recognize and obey Your Word.  Lord, I pray we will be Your witness to the world.  Lord, I pray we will indeed call on Your name (Acts 22:14-16).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I hear, recognize and obey the Lord’s Word.” <>< Dona