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Before Governors and Kings (Acts 25:13~27)
13 A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus.
14 Since they were spending many days there, Festus discussed Paul's case with the king. He said: "There is a man here whom Felix left as a prisoner.
15 When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and elders of the Jews brought charges against him and asked that he be condemned.
16 "I told them that it is not the Roman custom to hand over any man before he has faced his accusers and has had an opportunity to defend himself against their charges.
17 When they came here with me, I did not delay the case, but convened the court the next day and ordered the man to be brought in.
18 When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected.
19 Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.
20 I was at a loss how to investigate such matters; so I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial there on these charges.
21 When Paul made his appeal to be held over for the Emperor's decision, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar."
22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, "I would like to hear this man myself." He replied, "Tomorrow you will hear him."
23 The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high ranking officers and the leading men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
24 Festus said: "King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer.
25 I found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome.
26 But I have nothing definite to write to His Majesty about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that as a result of this investigation I may have something to write.
27 For I think it is unreasonable to send on a prisoner without specifying the charges against him."
Divine Arrangement (25:13–22)
A few days after Paul’s trial, King Agrippa, a Jewish king who is loyal to Rome, and his sister Bernice come to pay their respects to Festus. They stay for many days, so Festus takes this opportunity to consult with Agrippa and discuss Paul’s case. Festus tells the king what he has decided so far: the charges against Paul are merely a religious dispute, but because Paul has appealed to Caesar, he will be sent to the emperor. Upon hearing about Paul, Agrippa is interested in listening to him speak. This seemingly unexpected series of events is no mistake. God is working behind the scenes to give Paul an opportunity to share the Gospel with these important people whom he otherwise never would have met. God is also present in our lives, working in unseen ways. May we be discerning so that we do not miss what He is doing.
- How has God worked in your life? How has He accomplished His great purposes through unexpected events?
Setting the Stage (25:23–27)
Festus is in a tough position. He has already concluded that Paul did not commit any crimes that should concern Rome, so there is no reason to keep him prisoner. But Paul has appealed to Caesar, so Festus must send Paul to Rome. Because he has no explanation to give the emperor, Festus asks King Agrippa for his input on what to write. Paul is given an audience with Agrippa, many high-ranking government officials, and prominent men of the city. To these people, it may seem like Agrippa is the guest of honor and main attraction. What they do not realize, however, is that Paul is about to deliver the most important message they will ever hear—a testimony and sermon about the key to salvation and eternal life.
- In your own words, how would you share the most important message in the world? What hight-ranking officials would you want to share this message with?
A letter to God
Heavenly Father, I thank you that everything is in Your control. Even when circumstances around me seem to make no sense, help me to hold fast to the truth that You are working everything out for Your glory and my good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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