“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Trial Before Festus

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

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“The Trial Before Festus”, Acts 25:1) Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.  2) Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,  3) And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.  Psalm 64:2-6.  4) But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither 5) Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.  1Samuel 24:11, 12; Psalm 7:3, 5.  6) 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.  7) 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.  Luke 23:2.  8) While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the Temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended anything at all.  9) But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Will thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?  10) Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged:  to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.  11) For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die; but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them, I appeal unto Caesar.  12) Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Has thou appealed unto Caesar?  unto Caesar shalt thou go. 

Quest Bible Study – v3, What jurisdiction did Festus have?  Festus, succeeded Felix, ruled as governor (or procurator), of Judea from his headquarters.  He was in charge of both military and civil command.  v11-12, Could anybody appeal to Caesar?  Only Roman citizens could.  The privilege, however, required that the person making the appeal had the financial means to make a trip to Rome.  An appeal to Caesar was allowed only for Capitol cases.

“Festus Consults King Agrippa”, Acts 25:13, 13) And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.  14) And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul’s cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix:  15) About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the Elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment against him.  16) To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have license to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.  17) Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth.  18) Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed:  19) But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.  1Cointhians 1:18; 1Corinthians 2:14.  20) And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.  21) But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus,  I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.  22) Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself.  Tomorrow, said he, thou shalt hear him. 

Quest Study Bible – v13, King Agrippa:  Also called Herod Agrippa II.  Though he governed lands to the north, he was appointed by Caesar as custodian of the Temple.  Agrippa had a poor reputation;  rumors persisted that he had an incestuous relationship with his sister, Bernice. 

More to come and God Bless You.    


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