Acts 21:40-22:11 – February 25, 2007

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PAUL IS ALLOWED TO ADDRESS THE PEOPLE – PART 1 (verses 21:40-22:11)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) In verse 40, why didn’t Paul talk while the others were talking?

Discussion)    Paul wanted to end the chaos that was going on.  By him talking while the others were talking this would have led to more chaos and people asking what was going on and then them repeating to others.  Notice in verse 40 it says that it was very silent.  In verse 2 of the next chapter it says that it got even more quiet.  In present day terms this means that you could hear a pin drop and that the crowd, which in an earlier chapter said the whole of the city, was hanging on every word that Paul said.

Q2) Were the people Paul was speaking to surprised when he spoke to them in their own Greek language? Why?

Clues)    This was the trick question.  Paul was speaking in their own Hebrew language.

Discussion)    Yes the people were very much surprised.  For someone to speak to the whole of the city and not have the modern conveniences of microphones and sound systems, that person must have either been charismatic or had an amazing presence about them.  Since it was Paul we know that he had the presence of the Lord upon him.

As a side note here, many churches skip this part of the chapter because Paul recounts his time on the road to Damascus.  These churches like to go to Acts 9 of when it actually happened.  Instead, we should envision how Paul is telling this to the crowd.  Anytime we recount of how we got saved, we become passionate and zealous because it is a personal testimony of our own on how the Creator of the universe came down and met us where we were to show that we need a Savior.  With this, Paul was telling the crowd his testimony in a zealous and passionate manner.

Q3) In Acts 22:3, who is Gamaliel that is mentioned? {Research is needed here}.

Discussion)    We need to be careful when we look up Gamaliel in a concordance.  There are two Gamaliels in the Bible, one in the Old Testament in Numbers and one in the New Testament in Acts.  We are concerned with the one in the New Testament.  

If we look up Acts 5:33-39, we see an even-keeled discussion from Gamaliel.  Many of the Pharisees wanted to stop the apostles (before Paul came on the scene as a Christian), but Gamaliel said not to do anything.  If what the apostles were doing was man made it would stop and it it was from God there is no way to overthrow it.  Here we see that Gamaliel was not given in easily to the mob mentality.  Instead he was a Pharisee among the Pharisees.  In other words he was the Pharisee that other Pharisees went to when they had a problem.  Gamaliel was known for this and there was none like him in all of the Pharisees during this time.

Paul explains that he studied under Gamaliel and that he was a hit man, if you will, for the Pharisees to bind up Christians, whether man, woman, or child, and to bring them to Jerusalem to be beat, tortured, or killed.  One had to be zealous for their cause in order to do this. 

Q4) Read verse 6 then read Acts 9:1-4. Where was Paul {then known as Saul} going and what was he going to do on the road to Damascus?
Discussion)    Paul was going to Damascus to round up known Christians to take them back to Jerusalem for beatings, torture, and death.  He was a “ring leader” if you will in that he was the main contact for the Pharisees to do this work.  He was also a Pharisee in training.

Q5) In verse 9, Paul says those that were with him saw the light, but they didn’t hear the Lord’s voice. Why?

Discussion)    Paul says they did not hear the Lord’s voice and in Acts 9 it says that they heard a noise.  Paul knew that it was the Lord and this was the time for the ring-leader to be converted.  It was not for anyone, but since the others saw the light it is possible that they might come to know the Lord as the personal Savior through this.

LIFE APPLICATION: Read I Timothy 1:12-17 and then read Acts 22:6-11. What is significant about Jesus allowing Paul to be blinded?

Discussion)    This is a multi-significant life application.  First, as a Pharisee, Saul was all powerful and a Pharisee must have full control of their senses.  When Jesus allowed Paul to be blinded, Paul knew that he lost all power as a Pharisee and could never be a Pharisee again.  According to Old Testament law, once a Pharisee became blind, they were stripped of their title as a Pharisee and were forced to live outside the gate with the other blind people begging for help.  Paul was reduced to having to beg for the help of others to lead him to Damascus.  

Secondly, this paints a picture of a lost person’s life before they meet Jesus.  Most everyone who comes to know Jesus hits a very low point in their life where they lose most everything that they have.  When this happens the only one we can turn to is Jesus and this is what Jesus is showing through the life of Paul.

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