The Wall (Acts 23)

Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?” Acts 23:3

Question:  “Do you every feel like your back is against the wall in life?”

Certainly we each would answer, “Yes.”  In Acts 23 it might seem that Paul’s back was to the wall.  As Luke writes about Paul’s present wall moments we discover three scenes and one obscure scene:

  • Here are the three scenes:
    • Paul before the council, Vs: 1-10.
    • Paul facing terrorists, Vs: 12-22.
    • Paul taken out of jail at night, Vs: 23-35.
  • Here is the obscure scene:

11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” Acts 23:1

In the first scene Paul is slapped at the command of the High Priest.  We notice Paul speaks strongly to his accusers.  This was a mighty wall of defense for Paul.

In the second scene Paul is warned at what was coming toward his wall.   We notice Paul calmly directing the scene to his deliverance. This was a miracle wall of providence for Paul.

In the third scene we visualize Paul simply going with the troop of soldiers who were protecting his life.  This was a major wall of protection for Paul.

Brothers and sisters,”Do you need a wall this day?”

The religious counsel thought they had a wall.  But Paul described their wall as being “whitewashed.” It was simply a wall that was faulty in production and had been painted white to cover the cracks.”  Look up Ezekiel 13:10-14 for more insight.

However, Paul’s wall was real and it would withstand any assault against the enemy.  Brothers and sisters awaken to the reality, “your back is not against the wall.  It is the Devil who is against the wall and he is going down!”

I leave you with so wall standing verses:

Romans 8:31-39

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[b] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,

39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I Corinthians 15:58

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

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