Today’s Verse

And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

Acts 26:24

Saturday, August 6

We continue examining Acts 26 this morning. Paul’s task would be “to open their eyes” and “turn them from darkness to light… from the power of Satan unto God,” to help them find “forgiveness” and “and inheritance… by faith” in Christ.

Paul (verse 19) was “not disobedient” to Jesus but witnessed “both to small and great” and gave the truth (verse 22) “which the prophets and Moses did say should come.” Jesus the Messiah would suffer, die and be the first to “rise from the dead.”

Festus offers His Opinion (verses 24-26). Festus thought he was “mad” to believe that Jesus rose from the dead. Yet, Paul said his words were “of truth and soberness (reason).”

Agrippa is put on trial (verses 27-29). The prisoner then put the prince on trial. He called Agrippa to decide the truth. Agrippa said, “Almost thou persuadest [or ‘may shortly’] me to be a Christian.” Whether he was sincere or cynical, we do not know. Paul said he wished they were as he except for his chains.

Acts 26:31 gives us insight, “And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.” Yet, Paul was sent to Rome since he had appealed to Caesar. 

We must always share the gospel for we do not know who will and who will not believe. Wicked Agrippa almost believed! He is without excuse for he heard. We cannot control who believes or does not; we control whether we share or do not!

Weekly Memory Verse

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."
- Calvin Coolidge

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