“Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, "Away with such a fellow from the earth!" (v22). The mob listened to Paul until he talked about “going to the Gentiles” – then they turned murderous again. Paul’s description of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jew, was one thing, but talk of mixing with Gentiles was unacceptable to this nationalistic crowd. Rome already oppressed them, and they resented a Jew who would reconcile with pagans.
“And at that very hour I received my sight” (v22). Paul’s encounter with Jesus opened his eyes: “There is neither Jew nor Greek … for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:23).