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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Acts 25  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 10 March 2017

Acts 25New King James Version (NKJV)
In the 24th chapter we saw Flex procrastinated in wanting to meet with Paul and now some 2 years later we see Felex in charge and Paul Appeals to Caesar
25 Now when Festus had come to the province, after three days he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem. It does not take Flex long before he wants to know what is going in his domain and in Jerusalem finds out there is this person by the name of Paul that wants to see him in Caesarea.  Now there is a group of people that did not like what Paul was saying and doing. Then the high priest[a] and the chief men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they petitioned him, asking a favor against him, that he would summon him to Jerusalem—while they lay in ambush along the road to kill him. The enemy is working overtime to make sure he is in control so these religious leaders petition him for a favor so that they might get rid of this trouble maker. It is strange how people do not like the truth and are still doing all they can to stop what is right .But Festus answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was going there shortly. Festus was not will to let even the Priest tell him what to do for he is now in charge.igh Priest tell him what to do  “Therefore,” he said, “let those who have authority among you go down with me and accuse this man, to see if there is any fault in him.” Here we see Festus takes things into his own hands and asks those in authority to come with him that want to accuse Paul of wrong doing. Here he was not going to let them have their way but took charge himself over what was going on.
And when he had remained among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea. To spend ten days in Jerusalem gave him a good picture of what was happening in his area.  And the next day, sitting on the judgment seat, he commanded Paul to be brought. Now we see Flex command Paul to be bought to the judgement seat. He is doing what he feels is necessary at this time.  When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood about and laid many serious complaints against Paul, which they could not prove, while he answered for himself, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.” So here we see Paul on the witness stand here his accusers are laying many charges against Paul that they cannot prove and Paul is telling his side of the story show he is not against the law of the Jews or the temple or even against the government. He showed he was not offensive at all, but very much wanting to help. But Festus, wanting to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before me concerning these things?” Here we see Festus again show he is in charge and asks Paul a pointed question? Are you will to go with me to Jerusalem to be judged before me concerning all these acquisition’s? 10 So Paul said, “I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you very well know. Paul is quick to respond for he is sure of who he is and that God is going to be with him as he is abiding in the Lord’s protection. He is assured of who he is. e is assured of who he isH11 For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.” What a statement for he is showing his life is more important to die for doing what is right for in dying he will meet with his God so I am appealing to Caesar 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, “You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!” Festus confreres with the High Priest to make sure he was doing what was right said if that is what you want Paul that what we will do send you to Caesar.


Paul Before Agrippa
13 And after some days King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to greet Festus. Agrippa was the son of Herod who killed the James the Apostle of the Lords. So was a ruthless individual known as an incestuous person.14 When they had been there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying: “There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix, 15 about whom the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, when I was in Jerusalem, asking for a judgment against him. I am sure as you can imagine there was a lot of thing happening and over time Festus lets King Agrippa know what is going on as Felix did not take the time to deal with is here wanting to be tried by you. 16 To them I answered, ‘It is not the custom of the Romans to deliver any man to destruction[b] before the accused meets the accusers face to face, and has opportunity to answer for himself concerning the charge against him.’ Festus is doing all he can to make sure the Roman law is upheld and goes into great depth of  what is happening to Paul that needs now to be addressed.17 Therefore when they had come together, without any delay, the next day I sat on the judgment seat and commanded the man to be brought in. I did what I thought I should do but 18 When the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation against him of such things as I supposed, 19 but had some questions against him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.Can’t you see Flex was feeling sorry for Paul and wanting to make sure Paul’s request was granted, but he question this Jesus Paul talked about?   20 And because I was uncertain of such questions, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there be judged concerning these matters. 21 But when Paul appealed to be reserved for the decision of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I could send him to Caesar.” Flex could not rest until he know more about what was going on so I keep him under surveillance until I could talk with you which he requested as a Roman.
22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I also would like to hear the man myself.” So Aggripa was interested in what was going on and wanted to hear Paul’s story.
“Tomorrow,” he said, “you shall hear him.” What a comforting thought from the King and I am sure we realize God is certainly in control. 23 So the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come with great pomp, and had entered the auditorium with the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at Festus’ command Paul was brought in. Here we see the King showing of the riches of his kingdom and the evil of women that occupied the kingly court. A show of evil to the greatest degree was seen by all present.  24 And Festus said: “King Agrippa and all the men who are here present with us, you see this man about whom the whole assembly of the Jews petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying out that he was not fit to live any longer. Festus has the floor and is addressing Agrippa telling him, you’re seeing the man in which everyone seems to think has disobeyed your laws and should not be allowed to live any longer. 25 But when I found that he had committed nothing deserving of death, and that he himself had appealed to Augustus, I decided to send him. I find no fault in this man and certainly not worthy of death and wants you to decide if he is wrong. 26 I have nothing certain to write to my lord concerning him. Therefore I have brought him out before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the examination has taken place I may have something to write. What a show of support for the King as Festus us committing the life of Paul into the hand of the King releasing him of any wrong doing.  27 For it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner and not to specify the charges against him.” What a way to prevent people of getting mad at him and place the responsibility upon the King for what he was going to do. It is so common for people to want to blame someone else for all the problems. But thank the Lord the harder we work at blaming someone us the harder it is on us.


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