DAY 140 OF 365 IN 2021
Acts 23:6,7 But when Paul perceived that the 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: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
A curious captain set Paul in the middle of the court containing a fraction of Pharisees and another of Sadducees. Knowing the differences in opinion between the two parties and coming to the realisation that both were present and had strong opinions became an advantage for Paul. His line of argument, on the basis of this knowledge, caused him to be excluded entirely from the discourse and set the two camps on each others throat.
All he did was to profess his belief in the Resurrection and the tide turned. Everyone there seemed to forget for one moment that the staunch defending of their beliefs was not the purpose of the gathering, but Paul who was in the midst of them. He had become invisible to them so much that he had to be taken out of the court for his safety.
Paul the accussed, had now become the spectator of his accusers fighting it out. This is what had happened: one confession of his, made with perception, had turned the entire situation on its head; and that does happen sometimes. One action, even one word, or one confession, can turn an entire situation facing the opposite way. Mind you, this confession was made with perception.
Like Paul, whether the turn in tide will be in our favour or work as a disadvantage depends entirely on the nature of the actions, the knowledge behind it and the perception with which it is made.