Render unto Caesar

Acts 25:11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.

Let’s break this down a little, Paul says ‘For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die:

Leading an apostasy from Moses was a death penalty offense.

Murder of the innocent is a death penalty offense. Have we forgotten Stephen and the many righteous that Paul persecuted and tried to terrorize.  Or how about all those that Paul ‘turned over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh, i.e. They were executed by Paul’s order!

Second, ‘but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.

The word ‘appeal’ here is #1941 Epikaleomai, this is the exact same word used in such phrases as ‘whoever shall call upon the NAME of YHVH/Lord shall be saved.

Can you see or imagine Yahshua saying the same thing?

Paul claims to be a ‘love slave’ to Yahshua but when trouble comes or the chips are down, who does he call upon?  He calls upon Caesar.

Why would anyone in their right mind follow such an obvious hypocrite?

One has to wonder why Paul didn’t just sit there and use his faith to deliver himself rather than calling upon Caesar.

Strikingly though in calling upon Caesar to save him he completely though inadvertently disavows his entire gospel.  He renders unto Caesar that which belonged to Caesar, namely himself.  Proving once and for all in that one instance that he never really belonged to The Father or the Son.

Contrast with Stephen, whom Paul gloated over while they stoned him, Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

What a striking contrast between himself and Yahshua and Stephen

Yahshua goes to the cross completely innocent of any crime and gives not a whimper.  Paul on the other hand whimpers and lies through his teeth to save his skin. Does Paul call upon God? NO! Paul calls upon Caesar to save him.

So tragically staggering that the words or ‘gospel’ of Paul are exalted above and beyond ALL THAT GOD HAS SAID.

Here is a man who in these scenes in the Book of Acts behaves with a cringing craven fear that is pure cowardice, while the truly righteous are bold as a lion.

 

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