ACTS 28:17-20.. 17 After three days Paul called together those who were the leading men of the Jews, and when they came together, he began saying to them, “Brethren, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 And when they had examined me, they were willing to release me because there was no ground for putting me to death. 19 But when the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation against my nation. 20 For this reason, therefore, I requested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing this chain for the sake of the hope of Israel.”
Paul called together the leading men of the Jews and explained why he was in chains. He said that he had done nothing to dishonor the customs of the Old Testament fathers. Yet the Jews in Jerusalem delivered him to the Romans demanding his death. The Roman judges found nothing worthy of the death sentence and would have released him, but the Jews objected. Paul was forced to appeal to Caesar even though he had nothing against the Jews, he just did not want the death sentence by them.
V.20 gives his reason for wanting to talk with them “for the sake of the hope of Israel.” The hope of Israel was the promised coming of the Messiah. Paul was there to tell them about the coming of Jesus to fulfill that promise.
As usual Paul used every opportunity to fulfill his assigned mission from God to deliver the gospel to all the nations, even when he was in chains.
Henry Luke 2/28/2018
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