Tuesday 9 June, 2020

Acts 25:23-27

23 The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high-ranking military officers and the prominent men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24 Festus said: “King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. 25 I found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome. 26 But I have nothing definite to write to His Majesty about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that as a result of this investigation I may have something to write. 27 For I think it is unreasonable to send a prisoner on to Rome without specifying the charges against him.”

Paul was brought before King Agrippa “amid great pomp” in order that they might try to find some guilt in him to charge him with.  As we read this we can imagine that in this situation Paul was a prisoner and would have appeared to be a very humble and unimportant man.

King Agrippa, Bernice and Festus are all mentioned here as part of the great pomp, and yet all these years later, which of these men have changed the world history forever?  The answer is Paul – the one who appeared to be a lowly nobody at the time.

In heaven, I’m sure we will be very surprised when we see some of the humble people whom God has esteemed as important – ones  who have changed the world through pursuing God’s Kingdom.

May my heart be fixed on eternal things and not impressed by the things of this world.

Written by Shelley Witt!

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