Saturday, 26 November 2011

Acts 24

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.27 When two years had passed...he left Paul in prison.

God seems to have a bad habit of leaving his best people in prisons (eg Joseph). But maybe they became God's best people through the process of spending time in prison.

Nothing is wasted in God. God is able to use his people and grow his people wherever they are.

Susan said...

v.1 Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor.

So the priest and elders employ a lawyer named Tertulls. But the Jews from Asia (v.19) who started all the problems are not present.

These Jews who claim Paul does not abide by the law of Moses don't abide by it themselves - conducting unfair trials and trying to kill Paul.

Nevertheless Paul focused on the real issue (v.21) and used every opportunity to speak about Christ.

Susan said...

v.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.”

Rather than face his fears, Felix sends Paul away as if that was going to remove his real fear!

So often we build a wall of protection rather than deal with the source of the problem.

(From Constable’s Commentary) He apparently was willing to discuss theology but not personal morality and responsibility. These subjects terrified him.