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July 17, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 24 (ESV)

And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul.And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying:

“Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. But, to detain you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. For we have found this man a plague, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him. By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”....Continue Reading

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  1. 13Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. 14But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. 16So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.

  2. I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection [e]of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. 16 This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

  3. Ah the intrigues of courts and legal settings. Paul does present his case in the most favorable light, but is also honest in everything he shares. He does address the issues that are most important to the courts: has he broken any laws? And on that his case is strong. It is interesting to think of how Felix would regard the Jews vs Paul. Would Paul have more weight as a roman citizen than the leaders of the Jews. It is clear Felix is trying to strike the proper balance. It is also interesting the insight this gives when it says Felix was looking for a bribe, which was probably not uncommon in that day…but 2 years is a long time to be kept prison without being charged for a crime……but part of the intrigues of the legal system at that time…

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