Paul’s exodus

Paul’s exodus February 2, 2011

When Paul’s nephew learns about the plot to kill Paul in Jerusalem, he goes to the chiliarch, who gathers 200 Roman soldiers, seventty horsemen and two hundred spearmen for a nighttime escape (Acts 23:12-23).

This is one of several exodus events in the life of Paul, and an especially intriguing one. It’s a night deliverance, another Passover. He’s escaping Jerusalem, the new Egypt. Instead of fleeing the Gentile troops, he’s protected by them. The Roman troops form a sort of glory cloud, a host, around the apostle, who rides in the center on a horse of his own (v. 24).

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