In our previous episode, Paul returned to Jerusalem. He sought to be at peace, even participating in Jewish religious customs to demonstrate to believing Jews that he was not rejecting or despising tradition. The peace was soon shattered as unbelieving Jews from Asia, who’d heard of Paul’s ministry and hated him, stirred up the city against him. It nearly cost Paul his life, but he’d appealed to the Roman judge on the basis of his Roman citizenship and had been spared, though he would have to stand trial with the Jewish religious council.
Today we’ll hear as Paul appears before the Pharisees, Sadducees, and elders of Jerusalem. The divided panel will fail to come to a conclusion and Paul will be referred to the governor for trial. The frustrated council will plot to kill Paul, but God will once again spare his life.