Acts 24:1–9 (ESV)
Paul Before Felix at Caesarea
24 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. 2 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, 3 in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. 4 But, to detain
you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. 5 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. 6 He even tried to profane the temple, but
we seized him. 8 By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”
9 The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were
After five days, they were ready to present their case against Paul. They consist of the high priest Ananias, a spokesman Tertullus (like a lawyer), and some elders. The high priest has
traveled over 60 miles to be present and speak against Paul. Round 1... ding, ding... Tertullus begins by buttering up Felix or maybe as they say... kissing butt. Not literally, but speaking highly of Felix and lifting him up... when that is not
the truth how they felt about him. If you want to be friends with a lion, don’t stare at him and growl, but be gentle and throw him some meat. Well, they speak highly of him before they start to speak against Paul. They claim
he is a trouble maker, a ringleader in the sect of the Nazarenes. They call Paul a plague. They also bring up a perceived issue regarding the Temple. Even the Jews joined in on the charge. How does Paul respond when they are against
him? Come back tomorrow and find out.
I pray: O Lord, there are times when it seems people are against me. Help me to stay focused, keep from becoming distracted and side tracked, or becoming
defensive. Help me to trust in you and to work with and through you. Let the Holy Spirit protect me. Help me trust in your grace and mercy. Amen.