by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Acts 26:24

Our message today is from Acts 26: 24. Paul is talking
about Christ, that He should suffer, and should rise
from the dead and become a light unto the people and
unto the Gentiles. And as Paul thus spake for himself,
Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, thou art beside
thyself; much learning hath made thee mad." But Paul
said, "I am not mad, most noble Festus; but I speak
forth the words of truth and soberness."

There we have the story of Festus, before whom Paul
stood. We read at the beginning of chapter 25, "Now
when Festus was come into the province, after three
days he ascended from Ceasarea to Jerusalem. 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."

(Some people say that that was an accident that Paul
just happened to escape that ambush where his life
would have been taken. There are no accidents to a man
who trusts God.)

"Let them therefore, said he, which among you are
able, go down with me and accuse this man Paul, 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
against Caesar, have I done anything 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?' Then Paul
said, 'I stand ...

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