Growing with God’s Word and Trusting in God’s Promises
Acts 26:19-32: Paul continues his defense and describes his work among the Gentiles. At the conclusion of Paul’s defense, the king, the governor, and other officials attest to Paul’s innocence.
[Paul said]: “I preached that they must repent of their sins and turn to God and do the things that would show they had repented.”
19“And so, King Agrippa, I did not disobey the vision I had from heaven.20 First in Damascus and in Jerusalem and then in the whole country of Israel and among the Gentiles, I preached that they must repent of their sins and turn to God and do the things that would show they had repented.21It was for this reason that these Jews seized me while I was in the Temple, and they tried to kill me.22But to this very day I have been helped by God, and so I stand here giving my witness to all, to small and great alike. What I say is the very same thing which the prophets and Moses said was going to happen:23 that the Messiah must suffer and be the first one to rise from death, to announce the light of salvation to the Jews and to the Gentiles.”
24As Paul defended himself in this way, Festus shouted at him, “You are mad, Paul! Your great learning is driving you mad!”
25Paul answered, “I am not mad, Your Excellency! I am speaking the sober truth.26King Agrippa! I can speak to you with all boldness, because you know about these things. I am sure that you have taken notice of every one of them, for this thing has not happened hidden away in a corner.27King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do!”
28Agrippa said to Paul, “In this short time do you think you will make me a Christian?”
29“Whether a short time or a long time,” Paul answered, “my prayer to God is that you and all the rest of you who are listening to me today might become what I am—except, of course, for these chains!”
30Then the king, the governor, Bernice, and all the others got up,31and after leaving they said to each other, “This man has not done anything for which he should die or be put in prison.”32And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he had not appealed to the Emperor.”
In the midst of his defense, Paul is interrupted by Felix (verse 24) and Agrippa (verse 28). How does Paul respond to each of these interruptions? Do you think that Paul was trying to convert Agrippa? Why was Agrippa unable to set Paul free (verse 32)?
Holy God, help me to be obedient to your will and to reflect your love to all I meet today. Guide me in my faith journey so that I grow deeper in my knowledge of you. Amen.
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Acts 27:1-12: Paul sails for Rome.