CHAPTER 24

Governor Felix

 

The Jewish high priest and elders have made their way down to Caesarea to state their charges against Paul in front of the governor, Felix. They call him a troublemaker who starts riots and accuse him of desecrating the temple. Paul asserts that they can not prove any of their accusations and that when they found him in Jerusalem, he did not have a crowd nor was he involved in any disturbance. 

Paul remained in custody for the remaining duration of Felix’s stay as Governor “because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews.” For two years Felix “frequently” sent for Paul and talked with him, but “at the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe.”

Felix was succeeded by Governor Festus and Paul is still in custody.

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Blooming Where You’re Planted

Despite seemingly unfortunate circumstances, Paul continued to preach the Gospel. Not only did he now have the private ear of a governor, he got a chance to speak to Felix’s wife, he would soon testify of Christ¬†to the King, and eventually, to the emperor.