2013-01-21 - What Would King Agrippa Say?
"I am not insane, most excellent Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable."(Acts 26:25)
Festus filled me in on Paul's case, and as king, I allowed Paul's voice to be heard. Now was his chance to tell his side of the story. He appreciated my willingness to listen, and was aware of my knowledge of laws and customs. Paul told us the reasons behind the accusations against him were due to his belief in God's promises.
Paul acknowledged his past role in imprisoning, torturing, and destroying followers of Jesus. After his personal encounter with the Lord, Paul was no longer a persecutor - but a follower - and has obeyed God from that moment on.
Festus thought Paul was insane. I thought Paul was crass to assume I would become a Christian after listening to his brief speech. I told Festus if Paul hadn't been so adamant about going before Caesar, he could have been set free. The way I see it, it is Paul's own fault for remaining in chains. He has no one else to blame. Although I must say, he was respectful to Festus and me.
Lord, If I am being led astray, take off the blinders. Likewise, if I am following the right path, please send a confirming word. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.