by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 25 (41 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

1 Now when Festus was come into the province, after
three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
2 Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews
informed him against Paul, and besought him,
3 And desired favour against him, that he would send
for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill

Two years go by and nothing changed at all for Paul
and there is no complaint from his lips recorded in
scripture. Felix was replaced by Porcius Festus as
Governor elect. And what did we see was the final act
of Felix towards Paul? The man he communed with
often? He left Paul imprisoned! He was trying to
gain favor with the Jews so he left Paul in prison.
Will you also notice that Paul's circumstances did not
change outside the prison walls? The Jews still
wanted Paul dead and that desire has not diminished
one whit! So the high priest and the head of the Jews
desired Festus to release Paul so that they would
appear to have Paul retried in Jerusalem, only to have
him killed.

4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at
Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly
5 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.
6 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

Now Festus will hear Paul's case. This was the only
right thing to do between the two choices given by the
text. Festus decided to retry the case that Felix
ignored. So he called the witnesses back to see if
there was any wickedness in Paul at all. The court
had not determined that yet. Paul was brought before

7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from
Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and
grievous complaints aga ...

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