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The Book of Acts Chapter 26 (42 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard
1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to
speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand,
and answered for himself:
2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall
answer for myself this day before thee touching all
the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all
customs and questions which are among the Jews:
wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
He was not "buttering up" king Agrippa, but he knew
that unless he was heard intently he would be
misunderstood. So he asked the king to listen to him
4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the
first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the
5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would
testify, that after the most straitest sect of our
religion I lived a Pharisee.
Paul said that his life was well known in all
Jerusalem and he was known to be a sane man. He said
that all the Jews knew him and knew of his life, but
they willfully ignored that FACT, and would not
testify to the validity of his life and character.
They knew that Paul was a Pharisee, not a fanatic.
6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the
promise made of God unto our fathers:
7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly
serving God day and night, hope to come. For which
hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with
you, that God should raise the dead?
Paul was tried of the Jews because he preached the
resurrection of Christ Jesus. The hope is the
resurrection from the dead. This is the hope of the
worshipper of God. This is the hope that gives
meaning to life, and ability to endure trials. The
resurrection means that the believer has something
indescribable to look forward to. Titus 2:11-14, 1st
John 3:1-3, 1st Cori ...
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