Acts 24:1 “…Ananias the high priest…orator named Tertullus…”
Surprised that Ananias came himself. I can see some of the elders and a spokesman, Tertullus, but I would have thought the High Priest would stay in Jerusalem and not be bothered with issues such as this. Commentaries suggest Tertullus was trained in how to deal with the Roman courts.
3 “…most noble Felix…”
Blowing smoke. Appealing to his vanity before presenting the case.
5 “…ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes”
Name given to the believers. Followers of Jesus of Nazareth.
6 “…tried to profane the temple…”
This was just assumed, never proven. They won’t be able to produce any evidence to support that claim.
10 “…a judge of this nation…”
Felix should be well versed in Jewish action. Paul thinks he should be able to understand the situation.
12-13 “…they neither found…Nor can they prove…”
No evidence whatsoever to their accusations. I’ve been the victim of similar tactics myself. One tiny point of contention which won’t stand by itself, so the accuser has to exaggerate the issue and add other lies to build his case.
16 “…I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God…”
Paul has no motive to behave in the manner in which they accuse him. His beliefs reflect their own to a certain extent. He just has the clarification or fulfillment of what has been taught since Abraham.
22 “…having more accurate knowledge of the Way…”
Commentaries differ on the exact meaning of this and following verses. Sounds like Luke is saying that due to his understanding of the Way, Felix recognizes at this point that the charges against Paul are wholly religious in nature and are probably due to jealousy on the part of the Jews. However, he uses the excuse of hearing from Lysias to keep Paul incarcerated even if it’s not hard time in prison.
25 “…Felix was afraid…”
Sounds like he was being convicted by the Spirit.
26 “…he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul…”
Here is one hoping for a bribe. Apparently not as noble as Lysias.
27 “…after two years…Festus succeeded Felix…left Paul bound”
Goodness. Two years of all of this. In the end, he played the part of politician and left Paul incarcerated to show favor to the Jewish council.
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