Women of the Word: Paul’s Sister

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The apostle Paul was often put in prison because he refused to shut up about his faith in Jesus the Christ. On one such occasion, while he was in Jerusalem, the book of Acts records that nearly the whole city went into an uproar after some people saw him at the temple. This angry mob tried to beat Paul to death. Some Roman soldiers who were nearby delivered him from the mob by arresting him. Paul then barely saved himself from being flogged and interrogated before he was taken before the Sanhedrin and, finally, put in prison.

While Paul was in prison, some Jews plotted to kill him. They were so dedicated to carrying out this evil plot that they refused to eat or drink until he was dead. They probably would have been successful too if it weren’t for Paul’s nephew saving the day. Acts 23:16 says:

But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.

When Paul was told about the plot, he called a Roman soldier and told him to take his nephew to the commander. This was done, and Paul’s nephew told the commander about the plot. He said, “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him. Don’t give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.” The commander believed Paul’s nephew and told him not to tell anyone that he reported the plot to him.

In this way, Paul was saved. Instead of being killed, he was transferred safely to Caesarea. Perhaps Paul’s sister deserves some credit for this just as much as her son. Continue reading

The Valiant Little Tailor

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #18 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. – Jeremiah 17:7

Story Saying: If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything. – Katy Perry

Behind the Story: Straight away, this fairy tale reminds me of the story of David in the Bible. With his bare hands and a small stone, David killed a lion, a bear, and the giant Goliath. With a shrewd mind and quick thinking, the little tailor outsmarted an entire gang of giants, caused two more giants to kill themselves, and caught a wild unicorn and a wild boar. After being asked to perform a number of seemingly impossible feats, both David and the little tailor married king’s daughters. By escaping through a window, David avoided being murdered by King Saul’s men. By pretending to be asleep, the little tailor avoided being murdered by the king’s servants. Continue reading