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"While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him into court. 'This man,' they charged, 'is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.'" NIV translation
Isn't God and His timing just awesome? In the passage before, we saw that God had strengthened and encouraged Paul and now we see why. In this passage, we see that the Jews stepped up their opposition. The basic charge they were bringing against him was that he was telling people that they can be saved through Jesus Christ and cannot fulfill the law on their own. All of it was true but it went against the established system.
"Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, 'If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law-settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.' So he had them ejected from the court. Then they all turned on Sosthenes the synagogue ruler and beat him in front of the court. But Gallio showed no concern whatever." NIV translation
Don't you just love it when you see God take care of his own? Here is another example of that as Paul was hauled into court by the synagogue leaders but, just at the right time, God handled the situation. Not only was Paul protected but his accuser took a beating. We are God's children and He loves us more than any earthly father could because God IS love.
Therefore, we can rest assured that He is watching over us in all situations and He always has our best interests at heart.
"Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchrea because of a vow he had taken." NIV translation
When he left Corinth, Priscilla and Aquila went with him to the area of Syria. This was a couple that had come to faith in Christ and worked with Paul. Evidently the example that he presented, inspired them to continue to work with Paul elsewhere. Paul had made a vow to have his hair shaved off and so he did so before he left. God takes vows very seriously so we are cautioned to count the cost and not make a vow unless we are going to keep it.