Nothing worthy of death

Acts Bible Background

07.25.2016 – New Testament: Acts 25.24–25

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 25 on July 25, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Jews made accusations against Paul that they hoped would lead to his death, but the Romans could not see that he had committed anything worthy of death. However, they still wanted to question him and hear why the Jews so hated him,

Festus said: “King Agrippa and all the men who are here present with us, you see this man about whom the whole assembly of the Jews petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying out that he was not fit to live any longer. But when I found that he had committed nothing deserving of death, and that he himself had appealed to Augustus, I decided to send him” (Acts 25.24–25). 

Paul appealed to caesar to escape the wrath of the Jews, but since Festus could not find anything wrong with Paul, the Roman governor could have let Paul go. However, like Pilate passing Jesus off to Herod, so Festus wanted to pass off Paul to Caesar Augustus.

Questions:

  • What do you do when you cannot see that someone has done anything wrong?
  • Do you have the courage to refrain from condemning someone who has not done anything wrong?

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