The Night Ride
On Tuesday Mary and I got the schedule for the Marriage Weekend at Clydehurst Christian Ranch on the Boulder River, and Scott Brownson, the director, stressed that every couple who registers will get a free horse ride. It’s Montana, in the valley where they filmed The Horse Whisperer, of course, horseback riding is a prime activity, but none of these trail rides will start at nine at night.
The Apostle Paul’s ride from Jerusalem to Caesarea did, and it was not a peaceful, scenic trail ride.
“Summoning two of his centurions, the tribune said, ‘Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen so that they can proceed to Caesarea at nine this evening. Prepare a mount for Paul so that we can escort him safely to Felix the governor.’ And he wrote the following letter,
‘Claudias Lysias to His Excellency, Governor Felix, greetings. This man was seized by the Jews, and they were about to kill him. Together with my soldiers we came and rescued him, discovering that he’s a Roman citizen. Desiring to determine the reasons for the charges against him, I brought him down to their Sanhedrin where I learned that the charges against him were only disputes over their Law. There was nothing worthy of execution or holding him in custody. When it was disclosed to me that there was a plot against the man, I immediately sent him to you, also ordering his accusers to state before you their accusations.’
Then the soldiers, obeying their orders, took Paul and escorted him by night to Antipatris (about thirty miles from Jerusalem). The next morning the horsemen went on with Paul while the soldiers returned to their barracks in Jerusalem. The horsemen took Paul to Caesarea (forty more miles) and handed over the letter to the Governor and presented Paul to him. When Felix read the letter he asked what province Paul belonged to. When he learned that he was from Cilicia, he said, ‘I will schedule a hearing when your accusers arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod’s praetorian.” Acts 23:23-35
I’ve ridden horses since I was a kid and did take some breath-taking rides in the early evening on a horse named Prince, but I never took off with seventy horsemen, surrounded by two hundred soldiers and two hundred spearmen. The Apostle Paul was one preacher who would fit in well in Montana or Texas where we live. He could ride.
LORD, even though Claudius Lysias in his letter paints himself in the most favorable light, thanks that in all the political positioning for influence and power, you still used this Roman tribune to protect Paul’s life. Thanks that that murderous plots and even nuclear saber rattling don’t catch you by surprise. Calm the escalating tensions between North Korea and the U.S., and continue to open doors for the truth about your Son to penetrate the North Korean isolation.
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