What does it say?
- Read Acts 22:30-23:35
- What characters are mentioned? How are they described?
- What problems arise in the narrative?
- What facts did Paul testify about in Jerusalem? (23:11)
What does it mean?
- When Paul stood before the council, he told them he had "lived his life before God in all good conscience up to this day."
- Was Paul suggesting he had never sinned?
- Why did he say this?
- What does it mean to be a whitewashed tomb in verse 3? (cross-reference Matthew 23:27)
- In verse 6, why does Paul change the focus from keeping the Law to his hope in the Resurrection?
- Was Paul's statement here just a ruse, or was it true?
- How do you see the Lord's providence at work in these verses?
- Was it a coincidence that Paul found out about the plot to kill him?
- What is God's purpose in these things? (verse 11; cross-reference 2 Timothy 4:17)
How should it change us?
- Can you say with Paul that you've "lived your life before God in all good conscience up until this day"?
- How can you grow in integrity before God and man?
- Being a whitewashed tomb means that you only "clean" the parts of your life that are seen by others.
- Are you tempted to change who you are based on who you're around?
- Are you ever motivated to do good works just so that others will notice?
- How can you grow in fearing God rather than man?
- How do you see the Lord's providence at work in your own life?
- What is God's purpose in providing for you and preserving you thus far?