Sometimes I pick up on little overlooked Scriptural tidbits, like the fact that Paul had a brave young nephew. As here:
Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of [the Jewish leaders’ planned] ambush [of Paul], so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to tell him.” So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you.” The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?” And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow… But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him, who have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him. And now they are ready, waiting for your consent.” So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of these things.” Acts 23: 16-22
When I read this passage, my eyes stopped on the words “took him by the hand,” which indicated to me that Paul’s nephew was pretty young. And this kid probably risked his life by reporting the ambush planned by the leading Jews.
It interests me, too, that Paul’s sister was a believer – even though in Philippians 3 it looks like Paul lost a lot of things, including most likely members of his family. And her son is a believer, too, courageous enough to take a risk to save Paul.
So that’s my little observation for tonight: Paul’s Brave Nephew
Dear Lord: I’m grateful that every once in a while I stumble over something interesting that I’ve never noticed in Scripture before. It never gets boring! Amen