Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 25
Dear brothers and sisters,
In the Bible study on the 25th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:
- Paul’s trial before Festus
- Festus consults King Agrippa
Paul’s trial before Festus
Again we see that the chief priest and the Jewish leaders were determined to kill Paul. How can they call themselves followers of God, when the only thing in their heart seems to be hate.
At that moment Festus arrived in the province and travelled from Caesarea to Jerusalem, where the chief priest and Jewish leaders appeared before him and again brought their charges on Paul to him. Again they asked a favor to have Paul brought Paul to Jerusalem hoping to kill him along the way.
Festus however told them that he was held at Caesarea and if they wanted to press charges to could come along and press charges there. Again God saved Paul from this ambush! After being in Caesarea for 10 days they finally got to see Paul and they brought all wild acquisitions against him, but none of them they could prove. Paul again had as his only defense that he had done nothing wrong, which was actually true. Don’t spent your energy defending elaborately when your enemy isn’t even interested in the truth.
Festus, apparently, not being a very strong man was trying to appease the Jews and asked a favor to Paul to go with them and stand trial. Paul was led by the Holy Spirit and told him that he wasn’t unwilling to die if he committed any crime, but he hadn’t. Also he rightfully said that he did nothing to the Jews and if someone was to judge him it was Caesar, so he demanded that if he was to be tried and sentenced it was to be in Rome by Caesar. I love the book of Acts because we continuously see how Paul was protected and led by the Holy Spirit. Never allow a false court / accuser to demand to prosecute you as they have no right.
Festus consults King Agrippa
A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to pay respect to Festus. Because Festus now consulted Agrippa on the matter regarding Paul. Festus explained the whole situation and asked Festus to speak with Agrippa himself. See how God can really make all our enemies clueless. It doesn’t matter how powerful or smart a human may think he or she is, God can easily bring confusion in that person.
Again Paul was brought before an audience including King Agrippa. They did not know how to handle Paul’s demand to be tried in Rome, as they needed something to have to accuse him on and the Jewish leaders only could bring religious disputes before them.
God is amazing, because he will not allow our enemies to take us with lies!