Paul’s Nephew

16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.

17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him to the commander.

The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”

19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”

20 He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him. 21 Don’t give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.”

22 The commander dismissed the young man with this warning: “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.” Acts 23:16-22

God placed Paul’s nephew within earshot of the Jewish leaders who were plotting Paul’s death. That’s not a coincidence; that’s Divine Providence. That started the chain of events that led to Paul being taken in the darkness of night to Caesarea.

The boy literally saved Paul’s life.

We don’t know this for certain but Paul’s nephew was probably a boy still in school. He was harmless enough to be allowed into Paul’s barracks.

It’s opportunities like that where we get to pray for kids just like the nephew.

What kids face today bears absolutely no resemblance to what we faced. Just the transgender and homosexual revolution alone are two areas that were not talked about growing up. They weren’t issues. Now they’re being discussed daily in elementary schools.

Pray for those you know in elementary school.

Pray also for Christian teachers who are often forced to teach against what they know to be true.

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