An Ambush Foiled

A nephew of Paul heard of the planned ambush, so he went into the barracks & told his uncle (306).

Prompted by the Holy Spirit, Paul immediately asked one of the soldiers, “Please take this young man to the commander; he has important information for him.” The soldier did so, and soon the commander was interviewing Paul’s nephew privately: “What is it that you have to tell me?”


The young man replied, “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before their council tomorrow, as though they were going to question him further. But it’s a trap! More than 40 of them have sworn to ambush Paul & kill him!”

The Roman commander dismissed the young man, ordering him not to tell anyone else of their conversation.  Then he gave these orders: “Prepare 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen, and 200 spearmen to go to Caesarea at 9:00 tonight.  Also provide horses to carry Paul; he must be taken safely to Felix the governor.”

The commander also sent this letter to the governor:


From Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix: Greetings.

This man was seized by the Jews & was about to be killed by them. Coming with the troops I rescued him, and later learned that he was a Roman.  When I wanted to know the reason they accused him, I brought him before their council. I found out that he was accused concerning questions of their Jewish religious law, but he had nothing charged against him deserving of death or imprisonment according to our Roman law.

 When it was later told me that the Jews plan to assassinate him, I sent him immediately to you.  I have also commanded his accusers to state before you the charges against him. Farewell.

God, please help me to love trusting in the direction of the Holy Spirit.

(306) Acts 23:16-30