Posts Tagged ‘Paul before Festus’

Acts 26 The Heart of the Matter

A day for a mighty alter call! How many answered it?

King Agrippa, Bernice and Festus convene to hear Paul’s defense. Also present were “prominent men of the city” and the “military tribunes.” This was a packed house just waiting to hear what Paul had to say for himself.

King Agrippa allowed Paul to act as his own advocate. He considered Paul capable of mounting his own defense. Festus’ account of Paul’s behavior during his previous confrontation with the Jews had convinced him of this. Read more »

Acts 25:13-27 What Charges Should I Write?

One step at a time with God

Paul has another audience today. He stands before King Agrippa now. Festus is ready to honor Paul’s request to stand before Caesar but what charges should he put down? He asks King Agrippa for his opinion.

Paul’s is a complicated case. When the Jews approached Festus in Jerusalem they set out charges against him and wanted him delivered to them for judgement. After being refused, they tried to charge him again in Caesarea. But even those charges weren’t worthy of what they were asking; death for Paul. Read more »

Acts 25:1-12 The Jews Try Again

Though potentially deadlier, the Jews ambush plan worked about as well as this one

Paul is still in custody. Felix left him there when he was succeeded by Festus. Now the Jews have another shot at convicting Paul. AND trying out their original ambush plan to kill him.

Paul has spent two years under Felix in prison. It was a fairly comfortable and relaxed prison but prison none the less. Felix called on Paul to speak with him many times during those two years but we are never told if he ever heard from the Jews again with their litany of charges.

Festus is now left to deal with Felix’s unfinished business; namely the prisoner Paul. The Jews see this as another opportunity to have their charges heard and to do away with Paul.

If you remember, Paul was taken to Felix in the first place because of a group of 40 Jews who took an oath to neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. They planned to do so in an ambush as he was being brought to the council chambers to answer their charges. Now they are planning another ambush. I wonder if they had another group take an oath for this ambush. The original group, if they kept their word, would be dead by now. Two years without food or drink would see to that. Were they men of their word? Read more »