3/14/17 Pitting Factions Against Each Other

Paul has an idea.  He recalls that the Sanhedrin is made up of members of the two major religious sects – Pharisees and Sadducees – and they have some serious differences of opinion on some major religious issues.  He calls out loudly, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, and my father before me was a Pharisee.  It is because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead and eternal life in Heaven that I stand here before you today, being judged.”  This declaration creates quite a stir in the ranks of the Sanhedrin members.  The Sadducees, who, of course, do not believe in resurrection, or in angels or any kind of spirits, rise up in anger against Paul’s words.  The Pharisees are on Paul’s side in this matter, and are always ready for a heated argument with the Sadducees.  Some of the Pharisee scribes, after a quick discussion, declare, “We find this man innocent of all wrongdoing.  Perhaps an angel, or even the Holy Spirit has spoken to him, and we would be courting disaster if we tried to go against the wishes of the Almighty God.”


Acts 23:6-9


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