Acts 24:22-27

22 Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. “When Lysias the commander comes,” he said, “I will decide your case.” 23 He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs.

24 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” 26 At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.

27 When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.

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One response to “Acts 24:22-27

  1. We read this story in Acts and we can breeze through these chapters in 30 minutes. But we don’t stop to consider that this one trial, this one phase of Paul’s tribunal, was at least two years in length and that Paul was in prison.

    We plead with God and stomp our feet when our trials last more than a day or so. Paul gloried in tribulation because he realized that God had placed him where he could minister and share truth with the rulers of the empire that was governing the world.

    When our trials and our setbacks give us access, we need to look to what God is calling us to and not what it is that is making us uncomfortable.

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