Day 24, Acts 24.
This chapter starts out with the high priest Ananias and some elders going before Felix the proconsul with an attorney. Paul was accused of being a real pest, stirring up dissension among the Jews. a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes, and someone who desecrated the temple.
Paul spoke in his defense, saying they could not prove the accusations and there were people missing from the accusers. Paul said,
14 But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;15 having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16 In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.
He told the truth regarding what had happened. But Felix put off deciding the case until the Roman commander was present. What really happened?
24 But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.” 26 At the same time too, he was hoping that money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him. 27 But after two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, andwishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul imprisoned.
Felix became frightened when he learned about righteousness and the need for self-control and the judgement to come. He didn’t like it, but he would call for Paul often for conversations. Felix was looking for a bribe and wanted to do the Jews a favor (probably to create good will toward him), Felix left Paul imprisoned.
When you face accusers, be sure to stand up and tell the truth. Let people know what God has done. But the real issue is: will you speak up for God in the first place? Will you do what it takes to spread the gospel and be used by God to save people?