Paul and Ananias

False Accusations in the Bible

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The Acts of the Apostles
Chapter 24

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False Accusations in the Bible Danger

It's a perfect day to share some Daily Bread, and a warm welcome back to you. Let's see, where were we? Well, we've got Paul, now sent to Felix the governor, awaiting his accusers in Herod's judgment hall. His accusers, the Jewish people, had a group of men who had made an oath to go on a hunger and thirst strike, until Paul was slain, but Paul's nephew overheard about this and informed the chief captain in Jerusalem, who in turn, safely delivered Paul with a company of soldiers to Felix in Caesarea. Let's take a look at what happened next.

After five days, Ananias, the high priest, went to Caesarea with the elders, and with a spokesman for them named Tertullus. When he was called to speak, Tertullus began to accuse Paul, saying, Most noble Felix, we enjoy great peace and the very worthy deeds that are done in this nation by your generosity, and we accept it always, and in all places, with all thankfulness.

However, so I don't bore you further, I ask that you would hear us, of your mercy, a few words. We've found this man to be a pest, and disloyal among all the Jewish people throughout the world. He's a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes, who has also profaned the Temple, whom we took and would have judged according to our law, but the chief captain, Lysias, interfered, and violently took him away, ordering his accusers to come to you, so you can see first hand why we accuse him. All the Jewish people present, agreed, saying that the accusations were true.

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Acts 24:10-21

10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for [defend] myself:
11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead [eternal life], both of the just and unjust.
16 And herein do I exercise myself [these are my ethics], to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.
17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.

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When Felix heard these things, having more exact knowledge of that way (that way = Christianity), he detained them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain comes here, I'll decide your case. Felix commanded a centurion to guard Paul, and to let him have freedom, and that he should forbid none of his friends to minister or visit him.

After certain days, Felix brought his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, and he sent for Paul, and listened to him concerning the faith in Christ. As he thought about righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go your way for now; when I have a convenient time, I'll call for you. He also hoped that money would be given to him from Paul, to free him: so he sent for him more often, and talked with him.

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False Accusations in the Bible Saga

Perhaps the reason why Felix wouldn't permit Paul's friends to see him was because he thought they too would be inclined to give him money for Paul's release. But after two years Porcius Festus (otherwise in the Bible known as simply 'Festus') became the governor in Felix' place: and Felix, wishing to please the Jewish people, left Paul imprisoned.

Can you believe it? Two years! Some people, you can tell, they want to be good in their hearts and they try. Felix wanted his wife to hear Paul speak, and he respectfully reflected on the things that Paul said, but when it came down to the bottom line, money was Felix's motivation and he wanted to be paid to let Paul go, but his hopes were in vain. You could think of Felix as the seed that fell among the thorns (Matthew 13:22).

In the next chapter, we'll find out what lies ahead for Paul with Festus in the governor's seat, so come and join us for another slice of Daily Bread soon.

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