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Acts 23:12-22, The Plot to Kill Paul

Friday, May 4

Courage to Do the Right Thing

Narrative Lectionary Daily Devotions written by Kace Leetch from Clergy Stuff.

 courage to do the right thing

The people weren't buying Paul's story. Despite his best efforts to persuade the Jews in Jerusalem about Christ, they were still dead set on killing him. Paul's nephew learned of the plot and warned the tribune (the Roman official charged with keeping the peace) about a plot to kill him. We can only imagine what might have happened if the nephew had not intervened.

What Paul's nephew did was dangerous and courageous. He risked his own safety to save the life of his uncle. Sometimes doing the right thing is also doing the hard thing. It takes courage and sacrifice to stick your neck out for someone else. But when you know it's the right thing to do, courage can sneak up out of nowhere, and the payoff can be incredible. What's tugging on you for your courageous attention?

Narrative Lectionary Text: Acts 23:12-22

In the morning the Jews joined in a conspiracy and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. There were more than forty who joined in this conspiracy. They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food until we have killed Paul. Now then, you and the council must notify the tribune to bring him down to you, on the pretext that you want to make a more thorough examination of his case. And we are ready to do away with him before he arrives.” Now the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush; so he went and gained entrance to the barracks and told Paul. Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to report to him.” So he took him, brought him to the tribune, and said, “The prisoner Paul called me and asked me to bring this young man to you; he has something to tell you.” The tribune took him by the hand, drew him aside privately, and asked, “What is it that you have to report to me?” He answered, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire more thoroughly into his case. But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him. They have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink until they kill him. They are ready now and are waiting for your consent.” So the tribune dismissed the young man, ordering him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of this.”