Thursday, February 7, 2013

Paul’s Nephew Saves Him

Paul is a prisoner in Jerusalem. He informs the centurion he is a Roman citizen. Paul's nephew heard the Jews discussing Paul and went to see Paul in prison to inform him.

Review: Agabus had warned Paul what would happen if he went to Jerusalem, but Paul went because "It's what the Lord wills". A crowd took him from the temple and made such a disturbance, that the commander took his soldiers to see what was going on. The soldiers chained him with 2 chains and as they were going up the stairs, Paul asked to talk to the people.

Paul stood on the stairs and explained who he was and how he became a Christian and how God wanted him to tell others about Jesus.
The people were still hostile to Paul, so the soldiers took him to the barracks. The centurion wanted to whip the information out of Paul, but Paul told him he was born a Roman, so they couldn’t harm him.
Lesson: The scripture is Acts 23:1-35. Paul went before the council and they were trying to discover what Paul was up to, but the people were divided about him. Lysias, the commander, was afraid that Paul would be pulled to pieces by the people, so he told the soldiers to take Paul back to the barracks!
[Today's Bible Verse: Acts 23:11] That night the Lord came to Paul and told him “Be of good cheer. You have told about Jesus in Jerusalem and now you have to tell others in Rome.”
The next day, over 40 Jews got together and made a pact that they wouldn’t eat or drink until Paul was dead. When Paul’s nephew (Paul’s sister’s son) heard about them planning to kill Paul, he went to the barracks and told Paul. Paul called to one of the centurions and told him to “Take my nephew to Lysias, the commander. He has something to tell him.”
 Lysias took Paul’s nephew aside and asked privately what he wanted to tell him. Paul's nephew told the commander about the plot to have Paul killed. He said that over 40 men are waiting and plan to kill Paul. Lysias told him not to tell anyone.
The commander, Lysias, called for 2 centurions and said “Prepare 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen, 200 spearmen to go to Caesarea during the night. Have a mount for Paul and take him to Felix, the Governor.”
Lysias wrote Felix a letter telling him about who Paul was, how Paul became a prisoner, what he was accused of. Lysias said that Paul hasn’t done anything wrong to deserve being chained or being put to death. But people are waiting to kill him, so Lysias is sending Paul to Felix to keep him safe.
The soldiers did what they were commanded. The soldiers took Paul about halfway, and then went back to Jerusalem while the horsemen continued to Caesarea with Paul to the where the Roman governor was in charge.
After traveling about 60 miles, Paul and the soldiers arrived safely in Caesarea and after Felix read the letter from the Lysias the commander, Felix put Paul in Herod’s headquarters to wait until Paul's accusers arrived to testify against him.
For today's project, we have this clock. You can print it in color, or in black and white. You can use the black and white to print on colored paper if  you prefer. You can also just cut the hands out and use a brad to attach them, or the kids can cut everything and glue onto 12x12 paper to make a poster. You can print it here:
Here they are in Spanish (please let me know if the translation needs corrected.)
Click on the above picture to print.

You can find all the Acts worksheets here.
Click here to find all the links for the Life of Paul lapbook.

Click here for today's lapbook printable.

Bible Verse: But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” Acts 23:11(NKJV)
Passport: Jerusalem
There are free visual aids here. (Original publisher)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.

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