Acts + Letters Lesson 26 Day 4

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Acts 26:1-23

Paul testifies before King Herod Agrippa II, Festus, and Bernice.

Before Paul was sent to Rome, King Agrippa and his sister Bernice came to greet Festus. “Agrippa [who was part Jewish] was known as an expert in Jewish customs and religious matters. Though he did not have jurisdiction over Paul in this case, his hearing of the matter would be helpful for Festus.”

This King Agrippa’s great-grandfather had tried to kill Jesus as a baby; his grandfather had John the Baptist beheaded; his father had martyred the first apostle, James. Now Paul stood before the next in line of the Herods, Herod Agrippa.1

King Herod Agrippa II, and the king’s sister Bernice were siblings of Felix’ wife Drusilla.

9. a. Agrippa invites Paul to speak for himself.

  • Paul emphasized his early training in the Hebrew faith in Jerusalem.
  • All the Jews know that.
  • He lived as a Pharisee, the strictest Jewish sect.
  • They accused and judged him because of the promise God made to their Hebrew fathers.
  • He didn’t believe at first and took it upon himself to search out, persecute, and punish the saints.
  • Paul relays his encounter with the bright light, the voice from heaven, and the words Jesus spoke to him.
  • Unlike other accounts of his conversion experience, Paul includes promises Jesus made to protect and deliver him from the Jews and the Gentiles he was sending him to.

b. How Paul conducted himself.

Paul wasn’t timid or star-struck in the presence of royalty.

Although he knew the evil deeds of Agrippa’s father, grandfather, and great grandfather (see the intro above), Paul was respectful.

He was bold and unashamed in sharing his testimony and the gospel.

10. Paul’s calling

  • Obedient to the heavenly vision, Paul declared the good news in Damascus, Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and then to the Gentiles.
  • The good news is none other than the things the prophets and Moses said would happen, “how the Christ must suffer, and how, by the resurrection of the dead, he would be first to proclaim light both to these people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:23)

Paul was obedient.

Paul was obedient to the heavenly vision he saw on the day of his conversion. He went where God sent him and trusted God’s promise to protect him along the way.

11. Personal calling and challenges

  • I don’t feel qualified.
  • The study and writing itself—searching out and understanding the passages.
  • Technical challenges
  • Doing the work while also supporting myself and funding the project
  • Others aren’t always supportive of the time and money I need to devote to it.

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Resources

1 EnduringWord.com
2 AWM Living Commentary

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