The Pharisees and Sadducees differed widely in their doctrines and beliefs.
Acts 23:8 NKJV
“For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.”
Their doctrinal differences created a great rivalry between the two groups. These two groups formed the Sanhedrin, that met to interrogate Paul.
Acts 22:30 NKJV
“The next day, because he wanted to know for certain why he was accused by the Jews, he released him from his bonds, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down and set him before them.”
Paul began his defence.
Acts 23:1 NKJV
“Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”
The high priest was offended.
Acts 23:2 NKJV
“And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.”
Paul rebuked the high priest for acting outside the Law.
Acts 23:3 NKJV
“Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?”
Those who stood by defended the high priest.
Acts 23:4 NKJV
“And those who stood by said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?”
Paul knew he would never get a fair trial from the Sanhedrin. When Paul realised the Sanhedrin was made up of Pharisees and Sadducees, he saw an opportunity to divide them.
Acts 23:6 NKJV
“But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!”
A quarrel arose amongst them.
Acts 23:7 NKJV
“And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided.”
May you apply divine wisdom whenever it is necessary. May all your enemies be divided and scattered in Jesus’s name.