So on the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then Festus gave the order and Paul was brought in. And Festus said, “King Agrippa and all here present with us, you see this man about whom the whole Jewish community petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. But I found that he had done nothing deserving death; and when he appealed to his Imperial Majesty, I decided to send him. But I have nothing definite to write to our sovereign about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write—for it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner without indicating the charges against him.”
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
1 John 2:16
Time for Reflection
In addition to the 4 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:
Have you ever felt like Paul, held without charges by the fear of another group?
Paul is still waiting., keeping still, while his fate is discussed by others. He has done nothing wrong in terms of the
Roman laws or the Jewish ones yet he still finds himself in limbo. When have you felt the need to sit still and allow God to act rather than take the initiative yourself? Would you do anything differently now?