Bible Gemz 1822 - Notice the Way Paul Constructed His Speech to the Crowd (Acts 22:6-21)


Key:

green - shared word for word

yellow - approximate or stylistic

blue - uniquely

Above are the comparative columns.

You can find the comparison in normal layout in the last Gemz.

Laid out in columns in order to compare the accounts it is apparent how much of Paul’s speech to the crowd in Jerusalem is given over to how Paul persecuted the followers of the Way but he doesn't tell them it was he who instigated the letter from the High Priest and Sanhedrin. Rather he implicates and draws them into the action with him. We saw from the last Gemz the significance of the VERY BRIGHT LIGHT FROM HEAVEN. Now notice what Paul does. He makes it very clear that Jesus, THE NAZARENE, was the One talking to him. In fact the remarkable feature of this whole speech are Paul’s quotes are the howand whereof the things both Jesus and Ananias said to him.

Jesus: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’

Paul: ‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked.

Jesus: ‘And the voice replied,’ ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, the one you are persecuting.

I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?’ “

And the Lord told me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are to do.’

Ananias: ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight.’

‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and hear him speak.

For you are to be his witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard.

What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord.’

After I returned to Jerusalem, I was praying in the Temple and fell into a trance.

I saw a vision of Jesus saying to me,

Hurry! Leave Jerusalem, for the people here won’t accept your testimony about me.’

Paul: ‘But Lord,’ I argued, ‘they certainly know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you.

And I was in complete agreement when your witness Stephen was killed. I stood by and kept the coats they took off when they stoned him.’

“But the Lord said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles!’”

Some questions for you to ponder which either I myself or you readers have come up with.

Why the use of “the Nazarene” ?

Why doesn't Paul refer to Jesus as the Christ / Messiah as Peter did in Acts 2 and other places?

Wouldn’t that make his case stronger?

How can Paul use some many quotes of what people said? This is years after the events happened.

And besides, it is not Paul writing this account, it’s Luke. Can we trust the accuracy of the record of what was said?

Notice carefully the role of the other players, how they are introduced and the part they play.

What is your overall observation?

Why has Paul constructed his speech like this?

My input on Wednesday.

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