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Festus Consults King Agrippa December 17, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Acts 25:13-22.

Summary: In this passage, Festus met with King Agrippa and acquainted him with the details of Paul’s case. He summarized Paul’s recent court appearance where Paul appealed to Caesar – overriding his attempt to have him transferred to Jerusalem. Festus admitted his inadequacy as a judge in this case; Agrippa then expressed his desire to hear Paul’s defense, and Festus obliged him.

Thoughts: Here, we see that Agrippa requested that Paul present his defense against the charges of the Jews. Calvin offers some insights on this point in his commentary on verse 13:

This Agrippa was the son of Agrippa the Elder, whose horrible death was recounted in chapter 12. This man was made king of Chalcis in place of his uncle, after his father’s death; but later he obtained a larger tetrarchy. Bernice was his sister…Presumably, therefore, they were so hardened in their wickedness that they lived together, not caring what people thought; but they did not get married, in case their incestuous marriage might betray and also increase their crime.

If Calvin’s claim regarding the relationship between Agrippa and Bernice is correct, then I wonder if God enlightened Paul on that point before he made his defense before him. Did Paul need to stifle any repugnant thoughts as he addressed Agrippa? Also, since Paul’s appeal to Caesar could not be rescinded at that point, how would his testimony before Agrippa impact God’s sovereign plan? Did Paul struggle with God over the necessity of testifying before Agrippa?

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