Acts 24

Author

Joel King

Scripture

Acts 24:1-27

Observation

· With Paul safely in the governor’s hands in Caesarea, the high priest, Ananias, is forced to appear and make a case against Paul
· Ananias shows with some of the elders of the council and a lawyer name Tertullus
· Tertullus starts by appealing to Felix’s pride, thanking him for the peace and reforms that he has implemented
· He accuses Paul of being a troublemaker, who has stirred up riots among the Jews (civil unrest)
· He identifies him of being a ringleader for a Nazarene sect (presumably followers of Jesus the Nazarene)
· And accuses him of desecrating the Temple which is why they had seized him
· The other Jews affirmed the accusations given by the lawyer

· Then the governor asked Paul to give his defense
· He starts by also commending Felix, this time for being a good judge
· Paul says that he was in the Temple, but that he did not argue with anyone nor stir up the crowd. He is confident that his accusers can produce no evidence of this.
· He does admit that he follows God along with others who belong to the way
· He does not see “The Way” as a sect because he believes all the prophets and the Law teach as well as the fact that there will be resurrection for the righteous (those who follow God) and the wicked (those who oppose God).
· He affirms his conscience is clear
· He then tells Felix about coming to Jerusalem to deliver an offering for the poor, going through the rite of being ceremonially clean, and not causing a disturbance.
· He also tells of the accusation of those from Asia who should really be the ones presenting a case or that even those present should be more specific on the charges
· He claims that he is really on trial because he believes in the resurrection of the dead

· Felix was familiar with “The Way” and put the decision off until Lysias arrived
· He also ordered Paul to be under guard but with the freedom to visit with friends

· Felix visited Paul with his wife to hear the case again, she was Jewish.
· Paul taught on Faith in Christ, righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come
· Felix was convicted and ended that meeting, however he continually met with Paul hoping Paul would offer him a bribe to free him
· Finally after two years another governor took over and Felix never freed Paul to keep the Jews happy

Application

· Many who oppose Christ aren’t interested in truth, but protecting their status quo
· One of the key aspects of the Gospel is the resurrection
· Judgment is an uncomfortable truth but important in putting Faith in Christ
· Following Jesus isn’t just about love, but also righteousness and self-control
· Many will hear the good news, be interested in it, but not commit to it

Prayer

Dear Lord,
Thank you for pouring out your love on the cross by dying in my place. And thank you for giving me new life by the power of your own resurrection. Help me boldly proclaim these truths in grace. Open my eyes to opportunities to share with others your good news and what it means to put Faith in Christ. I know not all will respond, but I pray that you allow me to be part of the story of some who will.
In Jesus name I pray, AMEN

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
Yes.let's all be part of the story.
V 25 Once again highlighted for me the need to make known what men need saving from - God's judgment - I think of the picture in Revelation 6 where men are pleading for rocks to fall on them and crush them rather than face the judgment of God. How serious and important that element of the gospel is, and it is that element of the Gospel that is often softened in order to make it more easily receptive. But when the message in all its truth is told, it only highlights, underlines, and magnifies God's great grace.

Mon, March 9, 2015 @ 8:12 AM

2. Rob Schulze wrote:
v. 14-15... However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

As I've commented before, one of my "aha's" SOAPing through Acts is how the Jewish believers kept the Law but proclaimed Jesus as Lord based on his resurrection. The Jewish leaders called "their sect" Nazarenes and it's interesting that this is what ISIS now calls Christians (weareN#).

Paul lived what he taught as we see in Acts 22-26 - "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." (Colossians 4:5-6)

Mon, March 9, 2015 @ 9:18 AM

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