Acts 24

Who is this Felix? He was originally a slave and for some unknown service was freed by Claudius Caesar. He was appointed by this emperor procurator of Judea, probably  A.D. 53. He was the husband of three queens or royal ladies (he had 3 wives). Tacitus in his History declares that during his governorship in Judea he indulged in all kinds of cruelty and lust, exercising power with the disposition of a slave; and in his Annals he represents Felix as considering himself licensed to commit any crime, relying on the influence that he possessed at court. This was the person who Paul is standing before in chapter 24! During the time that Paul was in prison there in Caesarea the political state of Judea grew more embarrassing. “It was during the two years of Paul’s imprisonment that disturbances took place in the streets of Caesarea. In the end Felix was summoned to Rome, and the Jews followed him with their accusations. Thus it was that he was anxious “to do the Jews a favor” and “left Paul imprisoned” (Acts 24:27). At Rome he was saved from suffering the penalty due his atrocities by the influence of his brother Pallas.” (The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary) For two years Paul sat in prison knowing his fate was in this man’s hands. It did not look good for Paul – these were dark times and yet God had told him that he would stand in the courts of Rome and have the opportunity to declare the gospel … Paul had to remember, as we do, everything will unfold on God’s timetable, not our timetable!


  • missliz

    Another great example of walking by faith. Paul’s fate was in God’s hands and because of that anxiety could not erode Paul’s confidence. Paul spoke with Felix many times during the next two years about repentance and the resurrection without success of conversion but the truth of what Paul spoke made Felix nervous. Paul, like us, seldom understand the timing of God’s workings and because of that made sure he he always possessed a good conscience before God and man. Something I’m not sure I always concentrate on.

  • Jerry

    Artie — thanks for the history & political lesson! A fee thoughts on my end was how Tertullus praised Felix before brining his case to him. He other item was how long Paul had to wait — two years is a long time in my mind to be held before a change to present your case.

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