Scripture: Acts 25

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The Trial Before Festus

Acts 25:1-12 (KJV) Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.  Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him, And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him. But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither.  Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him. And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.  And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.  While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.  But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me? 10 Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.  11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.  12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.

Questions and Answers:

1. Where did the high priest and the Jewish leaders want to try Paul and why did they choose there (Acts 25:1-3)? The high priest and the Jewish leaders wanted to try Paul in Jerusalem because they would have the opportunity to kill him when he traveled from Caesarea to Jerusalem.

2. How was their plan thwarted (Acts 25:4-5)? Festus had other plans.  He would go to Caesarea and try Paul where he was. Paul’s accusers would have to go with him to Caesarea.

3. What could the Jews not prove (Acts 25:7)? The Jews couldn’t prove any of the many complaints they had against Paul.

4. What did Paul say (Acts 25:8)? Paul said he had done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar.

5. What did Festus say (Acts 25:9)? Festus asked Paul if he was willing go up to Jerusalem and there be judged.

6. What was Paul’s response (Acts 25:10-11)? Paul responded he was standing before Caesar’s court, where he ought to be tried.  He said he had done no wrong to the Jews and that they very well knew.  But if he was guilty of doing anything deserving death, he would accept the punishment. But if the charges against him were untrue, no one had the right to hand him over to them.  And then he appealed to Caesar.

7. What did Festus declare (Acts 25:12)? Festus conferred with his council and declared Paul had appealed to Caesar, so to Caesar Paul would go.

Festus Consults King Agrippa

Acts 25:13-22 (KJV)  13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.  14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul’s cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix: 15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment against him.  16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.  17 Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth.  18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed: 19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.  20 And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.  21 But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar. 22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. Tomorrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who came to pay their respects to Festus (Acts 25:13)? King Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus.

2. After a few days what did Festus declare to King Agrippa (Acts 25:14-21)? Festus told the king of Paul’s situation.

3. What did King Agrippa say to Festus (Acts 25:22a)? King Agrippa said to Festus that he would also hear the man himself.

4. What did Festus say to King Agrippa (Acts 25:22b). Festus told King Agrippa he could hear Paul the next day.

Paul Before Agrippa

Acts 25:23-27 (KJV) 23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus’ commandment Paul was brought forth.  24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.  25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him.  26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write.  27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes laid against him.

Questions and Answers:

1.After Festus brought Paul forth, what did Festus say (Acts 25:24-26)? Festus said that maybe after examining Paul the crowd and specially King Agrippa could give Festus an idea of what the charges against Paul should be. 

2.Why did Festus want charge suggestions (Acts 25:27)? Festus said it was unreasonable to send a prisoner and not signify the crimes laid against him.  

HEAR the WORD

Acts 25:3 And desired favour against him, that he (Festus) would send for him (Paul) to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verse above.  My Bible notes: Although two years had passed, the Jewish leaders still were looking for a way to kill Paul. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

For it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner (to trial) without specifying the charges against him (Acts 25:27).  This scripture is not meant to be memorized.  Just remember what it means.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Again we should remember that a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Again we should remind others of this above statement.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not judge others (Acts 25:7).  Lord, I pray we will always be prepared to tell the truth about You (Acts 25:19).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I faithfully stand up for the Lord.” <>< Dona