THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
FESTUS AND AGRIPPA
Great to have you
back again! Let's find out what happens next in our story, as Paul awaits
for another chance to defend himself against the Jewish people who accuse
him of teaching against the law of Moses, and defiling the Temple.
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arrived in the province, after three days he went to Jerusalem. The high
priest and the chief of the Jewish people there informed him against Paul.
They begged Festus, and asked for no compassion on Paul, so that Festus
would send for him to be brought to Jerusalem, planning to wait in ambush
somewhere along the way
to kill him. But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea,
and that he himself would go back there shortly. He said, Whoever among you
are able, let them go with me, and accuse this man, whether there be any
wickedness in him.
After more than ten days, Festus went back to Caesarea;
and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.
The Jewish people who came from Jerusalem stood all around, and charged many
grievous complaints against Paul, which they couldn't prove. Paul answered
for himself ... Neither against the Jewish law, or against the Temple, or even
against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.
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willing to please the Jewish people, answered Paul, and said, Will you go to
Jerusalem, and be judged there of these things before me? (It seems that
many leaders in governments are too willing to please the people rather than
God, doesn't it?) Paul said, I stand at Caesar's
judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jewish people, I've done
no wrong as you very well know. If I'm an offender, or have committed
anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die: but if none of these
things are true that they accuse me of, no man can make me responsible for
them. I appeal to Caesar. (Caesar
was the Emperor of Rome, so Paul was saying, I want to take my case to the
highest court for hearing.)
Then Festus, when
he had conferred with the council, answered, Have you appealed to Caesar?
Then to Caesar you shall go. And after
certain days king Agrippa and Bernice (Agrippa's sister) came to Caesarea
to greet Festus, and when they had been there many days, Festus told king
Agrippa about Paul, saying, There's a certain man left in prison by Felix.
When I was in Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jewish
people informed me about him, wanting me to judge against him. I answered,
It isn't the manner of the Romans to sentence any man to die before the
accused has his accusers face to face, and has opportunity to answer for
himself concerning the crime charged against him. So, when the accusers came
here, without any delay, the next day I sat on the judgment seat, and
ordered the man to be brought. When the accusers stood up, they brought up
no accusations of such things as I expected, But had certain questions
against him of their own religion, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom
Paul claimed to be alive. And because I was uncertain about these kinds of
questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and be judged there
of these matters. But when Paul appealed to be held to the hearing of Caesar
Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.
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King Agrippa said
to Festus, I'd like to hear the man myself. Festus replied, Tomorrow, you
shall hear him. The next day, when king Agrippa arrived, and Bernice, with
great ceremony, and entered into the place of hearing, with the chief
captains, and principal men of the city, Paul was brought forth at Festus'
commandment. Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present
with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jewish people
have informed me, both in Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought to
die. But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and
that he himself has appealed to Augustus, I've decided to send him. I have
no specific thing to write to my lord, Caesar
Augustus. That's why I've brought him before you, O king Agrippa, that after
questioning him, I might have something to write, because it seems
unreasonable to me, to send a prisoner, and not to specify the crimes
charged against him.
It looks like we
have to wait again to see what's going to become of these accusations and
the fate of Paul. You know one thing for sure ... Paul is going to
Rome just as the
said he would. In the next chapter we'll get to hear Paul's testimony before
king Agrippa, so come on back soon and enjoy another slice of Daily Bread.