Day 151: Do You Believe?

Acts 26:24-32 :

As he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are crazy! Your great learning is driving you insane!”

But he said, “I am not crazy, most excellent Festus, but boldly declare words of truth and reasonableness. For the king knows of these things, to whom also I speak freely. For I am persuaded that none of these things is hidden from him, for this has not been done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.”

Agrippa said to Paul, “With a little persuasion are you trying to make me a Christian?”

Paul said, “I pray to God, that whether with little or with much, not only you, but also all that hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these bonds.”

The king rose up with the governor, and Bernice, and those who sat with them. When they had withdrawn, they spoke one to another, saying, “This man does nothing worthy of death or of bonds.” Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Festus clearly didn’t get it. Perhaps he was embarrassed about what Paul was saying concerning the Jews and the resurrection of the dead, but things were different for King Agrippa.

Evidently, King Agrippa believed in the Bible to some extent and Paul knew it. It appears that Jesus was speaking to his mind, causing him to really consider what Paul was saying. Even in such a dark place as a courtroom and prison, Jesus was bringing his light to the leadership of the people.

Paul, with the heart of a missionary, freely expressed his desire that everyone would “become such as I am.” I think it is important to notice that Paul didn’t want people to be persecuted like he was. Although Christians are persecuted, it is not right and we shouldn’t put up with it. Just like any other sin, persecution is wrong.

King Agrippa saw the truth that Paul didn’t deserve to be in jail at all, but it was God’s will that Paul go before Caesar.