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When Paul visited Jerusalem for the last time the Jews started a riot in the temple that led to his arrest by the Romans.  The Romans brought him before the Jewish council for trial and he was acquitted.  Acts 21:27 – 23:11

Many of the Jews wouldn’t accept this and were determined to kill him.

When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. There were more than forty who made this conspiracy. They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”
Acts 23:12-15

Paul’s nephew learned of the plot and warned Paul and the Roman commander.  The commander sent Paul to Caesarea so he would be safe from the Jews. Acts 23:12-35

When reading this I have often wondered whether the Jews who swore not to eat and drink until they killed Paul kept their oath.  Did they die of thirst and starvation? Read the rest of this entry

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Right and wrong before the Law

The law of Moses contains a list of the animals God considers clean and of those that are unclean. It appears in Leviticus 11.  Clean animals could be eaten and many of them were acceptable as sacrifices to God.  Unclean animals were not acceptable either as food or as sacrifices.  Noah lived long before God gave the law but he knew the difference between clean and unclean animals.  This is shown by the instructions God gave him as to what animals he should take on the ark.

Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate.
Genesis 7:2

The extra clean animals were intended to enable him to offer sacrifices to God.

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Genesis 8:20

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Learning from the law

The Old Testament contains many commands which were given specifically to Israel.   How should Christians regard these commands?  Should we ignore them as not being relevant to us today or can we learn something from studying them?  The Bible gives us the answer to this question.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
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