Scripture: Acts 24

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The Trial Before Felix

Acts 24:1-27 (KJV) And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.  And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,  We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.  Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.  For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.  But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.  And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.  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 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, both of the just and unjust.  16 And herein do I exercise myself, 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.  22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.  23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him. 24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.  25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.  26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him. 27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

Questions:

1. Who came to Caesarea to inform the governor against Paul (Acts 24:1)? Ananias the high priest, the elders and Tertullus, an orator (a lawyer) came to Caesarea to speak against Paul.

2. Of what did Tertullus accuse Paul (Acts 24:5-7)? Tertullus began to accuse Paul of being a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world.  He said Paul was a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple.

3. What did Tertullus say Felix might learn if he examined Paul himself (Acts 24:8)? If Felix examined Paul, Tertullus said he might be able to learn the truth about all the charges that had been brought against Paul. 

4. What did the Jews do (Acts 24:9)? The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that what was being said was true.

5. What did Paul say about the things of which he was accused (Acts 24:10-13)? Paul said his accusers did not find him arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city.  Nor could they prove that of which they were accusing him.

6. Of what did Paul confess (Acts 24:14-16)? Paul confessed that he worshipped the God of their fathers as a follower of the Way.  He believed everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets.  And he had the same hope in God of the men that were there.  That is there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.  He said he tried always to keep his conscience clear before God and man.

7. Why did Paul say he came there (Acts 24:17)? Paul said after many years he came to bring alms (gifts to the poor) to his nation, and to present offerings. 

8. What did Paul believe was the only reason he had been brought before the council (Acts 24:20-21)? Paul believed the only reason he was on trial concerned the resurrection of the dead.

9. What did Felix decide after hearing Paul (Acts 24:22-23)? Felix postponed his decision until Lysias arrived.  And he commanded Paul to be kept under guard but be allowed to see his friends.

10. While waiting for Lysias to arrive, what did Felix do (Acts 24:24-26)? Felix frequently met with Paul and talked to him about faith in Christ.

11. What happened after two years (Acts 24:27)? After two years Porcius Fertus succeeded Felix.  But to please the Jews Paul was left in prison.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 24:24-27 24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.  25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.  26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.  27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verses above.  How did Felix respond to what Paul told him?  My Bible notes: Paul’s talk with Felix became so personal that Felix grew fearful.  Felix, like Herod Antipas (in Mark 6:17-18), had taken another man’s wife.  Paul’s words were interesting until they focused on “righteousness, temperance and judgment to come.”  Many people will be glad to discuss the gospel as long as it doesn’t touch their lives too personally. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 24:16 “So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

The gospel message is all about changing lives.  The gospel isn’t effective in our lives until it moves from principles and doctrine into a life-changing experience. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

When someone resists or runs from your witness, you have undoubtedly succeeded in making the gospel personal. 

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will always be a witness of Your presence in our life (Acts 24:14). Lord, I pray our hope will always be in You (Acts 24:15a).   Lord, I pray we will confess to knowing there is a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked (Acts 24:15b).  Lord, I pray we will stive always to keep our conscience clear before both You and man (Acts 24:16). Lord, I pray when we are convicted of our sin we will immediately repent and turn away from it (Acts 24:25). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I stay close to the Lord.” <>< Dona