Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 24 Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

on July 29, 2012

Paul has been guarded in Herod’s praetorium for five days, and his accusers finally showed up to hold court with him before Governor Felix.  They brought along a spokesperson named Tertullus who opened the trial up with a flattery-dripping speech.  It’s funny to me how the enemy becomes the friend when we are serving our own purposes.  Historically, kindness and peace were not words frequently used in regard to Roman rulers.  Yet, Tertullus appealed to both when addressing Felix.

The Jews brought three charges against Paul.  The first being that he was stirring up riots.  They stirred up the riot!  Paul came to bring alms (or charity) for the Jewish people.  Second, they claimed he was the ringleader for the sect of the Nazarenes, and Paul did not deny this accusation.  Finally, they said he was profaning the Jewish temple.  Yet, when they found Paul he was quietly fulfilling his vow in the temple.

Felix, wisely knew the charges were bogus not punishable and sent the men away.  However, he kept Paul imprisoned and held many discussions with him over the next two years.  When Felix was dismissed from office, he left Paul in prison.  Paul used his conversations with Felix to boldly reason with him–the man who seemingly held his future in his hands.  He enlightened Felix and his wife with respect to faith in Jesus Christ, righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment.

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