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Paul's Defense Before Festus (23 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 25:1-27
INTRODUCTION: In last week's lesson, Paul was taken to Caesarea under Roman protection to appear before Felix, the governor of Judea. Tertullus, the orator began to accuse Paul, the Jews assenting to the charges.
Given the opportunity, Paul defended himself; but then he turned his attention to Felix. In vs. 25, it says, "And as Paul reasoned of righteousness, temperance and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee." We have no record where Felix ever accepted Christ. This is why it is so important for a man to receive the Lord when given the opportunity. In II Corinthians 6:2b, declares, "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
In our lesson tonight, Paul appears before Festus, the successor of Felix. Festus was appointed procurator of Judea by the Roman Emperor Nero in 60 A. D.
I have three points:
I. A Foiled Plan
II. A Wise Decision
III. A Detailed Account
I. A FOILED PLAN (VV. 1-5)
A. The Plan Conceived (vv. 1-3)
1. The high priest conceived a plan to bring Paul from Caesarea to Jerusalem in order to appear before Festus. Of course, his plan was to have men lie in wait and kill him on his way to Jerusalem. Keep in mind; these were religious people. These were people who professed to love God, men who were supposed to be example setters in compassion and love toward their fellow man. But Jesus knew their hearts, didn't he? In Luke 16:15a, He said, "ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts."
a. I've always been amazed at the things done in
the name of religion. Sometimes, people who claim to be the closest to God are the very people, who will rise up against you, and do and say things that are untrue. This is why we let the Lord fight our bat ...
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