- Acts 22:21-25
- Acts 22:21 (KJB)
- And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the
- Paul was then commanded by Jesus that he was to immediately leave
Jerusalem and he was going to be sent a far distance from Jerusalem to the
Gentiles. This was also Paulís calling whereby he was to begin ministering
to the Gentiles. He went a very far distance even unto Illyricum and
eventually to Rome itself.
- Acts 22:22 (KJB)
- 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.
- The crowd had listened to Paul up until the time he told them that the
Lord commanded him to go to the Gentiles. Since the Jews considered the
Gentiles to be heathens and idolaters, they thought there would be no way
the God of Israel would send one of his own to these Gentiles. This brought
them to a state of uproar and they once again started with the death
threats. They probably thought that he was just another false teacher and
since false teachers were stoned, they thought that Paul was not fit to live
because he was a deceiver. Since Israel was occupied by the Romans, they
looked at them and thought how could God send a prophet to them because they
were the enemy.
- Acts 22:23 (KJB)
- And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust
into the air,
- While the crowd was yelling at Paul and stating he was worthy of death,
they had begun to remove their clothes which was a sign that Paul was worthy
to be stoned. Remember, when Stephen was stoned, Paul held the garments of
those who threw the stones. Here they were all ready to stone Paul. The
throwing of dust in the air was a symbol of their rejection of Paul and his
message. Once again the mob mentality had reigned because if there would
have been only individuals, they may have taken the time to search the
Scriptures to see if what Paul was teaching was true. In a mob, no one cares
about truth, accusations will suffice, even if they are totally false. Truth
never feeds a mob.
- Acts 22:24 (KJB)
- 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.
- The Roman tribuneís responsibility was to stop any and all riots as
quickly as he could. So to appease the mob, just like Pilate did, he brought
Paul into the Antonia fortress with the intent of having him scourged. It is
obvious that the Roman tribune did not have anyone to interpret for him and
when Paul got to the part about going to the Gentiles, the crowd had
erupted. The tribune probably wanted to know what Paul said that caused the
crowd to suddenly go from ultra quiet to wild and upset. Instead of sitting
down with Paul and asking him, they instead thought they could extract more
information from him by scourging.
- Acts 22:25 (KJB)
- 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
- Paul was no stranger to this type of torture because he was beaten with
rods and given thirty nine lashes five times by the Jews. The Jews would
have used a leather whip but if Paul was subjected to the scourge, with its
bits of metal and bone woven in, he would have died under that scourging.
While they were binding him and positioning him to be scourged, Paul now had
the opportunity to speak to the centurion. While Paul was being dragged in,
the crowd would have drowned out any attempt by Paul to communicate but now
he had his chance. Paul knew that Roman law forbid a Roman citizen from
being scourged, especially since he did not have a trial and he was
uncondemned. Normally, the scourge was used on a condemned prisoner before
crucifixion but many times the prisoner died under the scourging. Paul now
gives them the law and asks them if it is lawful to scourge a Roman citizen
and one who is uncondemned?