And he called for two centurions, saying, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at the third hour of the night; and provide mounts to set Paul on, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.” He wrote a letter in the following manner:
To the most excellent governor Felix:
This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them. Coming with the troops I rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman. And when I wanted to know the reason they accused him, I brought him before their council. I found out that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but had nothing charged against him deserving of death or chains. And when it was told me that the Jews lay in wait for the man, I sent him immediately to you, and also commanded his accusers to state before you the charges against him.
Then the soldiers, as they were commanded, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. The next day they left the horsemen to go on with him, and returned to the barracks. When they came to Caesarea and had delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented Paul to him. And when the governor had read it, he asked what province he was from. And when he understood that he was from Cilicia, he said, “I will hear you when your accusers also have come.” And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s Praetorium.
Protection is provided for Paul from outside the Jewish nation. His accusers are instructed to present their case in an orderly manner before the governor. God is a god of order. All of creation follows an order set by him, following an intelligent design. So two things jump out at this time, one, the extent to which protection is provided for one who is faithful and the demand for order that is in keeping with the nature of God. We don’t always know where the protection will come from. In this case it came from outside the people of God, outside the Jewish nation. But as we trust in God, He is faithful to keep His promises. We can trust in Him. We can also be sure that if confusion reigns in any situation we find ourselves in, that it is not of God. It is a principle we can use to understand when any thought, plan, action or idea has become contaminated by the mind-set of those outside the kingdom of God. These ideas and plans can creep in without much warning. It takes constant contact with the Spirit of God and with His Word to sense when something, anything is turning away from His will. Paul was in constant touch with the Spirit and found continually doing the will of God. It counted for him and kept him for God’s purpose. He was able to continue the assignment he had been given. Let us also be found faithful to the task we have been given and let us continue in constant touch with the Word and Spirit of God, knowledge of who He is and what He does. Believe Him, not just believe in Him.