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Paul's Defense before Felix (22 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 24:1-27
INTRODUCTION: You will remember in our last lesson that Paul was rescued from the Pharisees and the Sadducees, members of the Sanhedrin, over an argument about the resurrection. Being the tactician he was, Paul turned the attention away from himself and pitted the one group against the other. In Acts 23:6, it says, "But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question."
The argument became so heated that Paul had to be rescued once again by the chief captain of the guard. In Acts 23:10, the Bible says, "And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle."
Paul is finally escorted under Roman protection to Caesarea, where he appears before the Roman Governor, Felix. This is where we will pick up our story. I have three points to our outline:
I. Tertullus' Accusation
II. Paul's Defense
III. Felix' Response
I. TERTULLUS' ACCUSATION (VV. 1-9)
A. Flattering the Governor (vv. 1-4)
1. Tertullus thought that by flattery he could sway
the governor. Psalm 12:2 says, "They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak." One thing is for certain, Felix did not become governor because he was stupid. He could see through Tertullus. There is a big difference between flattery and courtesy. Yes, we are to be courteous when speaking to those in places of authority, but we should never attempt to flatter someone in order to sway opinion.
ILLUS: Kentucky Senator Alben W. Barkley once told Ohio's ...
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