But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul. Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander, he has something to tell him.” So he took him to the commander. The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.” The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside, and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?” He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him. Don’t give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request. The commander dismissed the young man with this warning. “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.” (Acts 23:16-22)
Paul’s nephew wasn’t in Paul’s inner circle. This is the only time he is mentioned in the Bible. He probably was a pharisee or on the path to becoming one to be in a place to overhear the plot. Most likely Paul’s sister denounced Paul so one of the forty plotters didn’t think it was important that the young man was related to Paul and told him about the scheme.
I can imagine Paul had done something that touched his nephew’s heart that made him care deeply for his uncle—enough to risk his life for him.
God told Paul he must bear witness to the Romans, and He arranges the circumstances for that to happen through Paul’s nephew. God does the same for us, so give your problems to God knowing He will arrange circumstances to get you through them. Then you can concentrate on important things: family, your job, God’s work.
Father, I give you my problem: ______________ and praise you for working behind the scenes to solve it. Use it to strengthen me so I can be a better servant. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.