New Testament Stories My Daddy Told Me
PAUL AND FELIX (Acts 24:1-27)
By Wayne S. Walker
Having been arrested in Jerusalem and then sent for trial before the Roman Governor Felix, Paul was imprisoned in Caesarea. Five days later, Ananias the High Priest, the elders, and a certain orator named Tertullus came to testify against Paul. Tertullus began by praising Felix and then accused Paul of being a plague, a creator of dissension, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. Paul was charged with trying to profane the temple before being seized by the commander Lysias. The other Jews all corroborated Tertullus’s allegations.
Paul then made his defense. He first said that it had been only twelve days since he came to Jerusalem and during that time he was never found disputing with anyone in the temple or inciting the crowd in the city. In fact, he affirmed that the Jews simply could not prove the things of which they were accusing him. However, he did confess that according to the way which they called a sect, he worshipped the God of his fathers, believing all things which were written in the Law and the Prophets. After reviewing the events in Jerusalem, he concluded that the reason why he was being tried was because he had cried out before the council, “Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.”
When Felix heard these things, he adjourned the proceedings until Lysias could come and give his testimony. So Paul was kept in prison but given liberty to have his friends come to visit him. Felix was apparently interested in religion, so he and his wife Drusilla sent for Paul and listened to him preach about faith in Christ. As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control, and judgment to come, it made Felix afraid and caused him to tremble, but he did nothing about it. Hoping that Paul would give him money to be released, he continued hearing him, but wanting to show the Jews a favor, he kept Paul bound until he was replaced as governor two years later.
- Where was Paul imprisoned awaiting trial before the Roman Governor?
- What was the Governor’s name?
- Who was the High Priest who came to accuse Paul?
- How is Tertullus described?
- How many days had Paul been in Jerusalem before being arrested?
- Why did Paul say that he was on trial?
- Why did the Governor adjourn the proceedings?
- What was the Governor’s reaction to Paul’s preaching?
- Why did the Governor keep listening to Paul even though he did nothing about it?
- Why did the Governor keep Paul in prison?
- How long was Paul in prison?