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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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CHAPTER 25 References

1 aActs 8:40;
25:4, 6, 13
2 aActs 24:1;
25:15 1NU
chief priests
3 aActs 23:12,
5 aActs 18:14;
7 aMark 15:3;
Luke 23:2, 10;
Acts 24:5, 13
8 aActs 6:13;
24:12; 28:17
9 aActs 12:2;
24:27 bActs
11 aActs 18:14;
23:29; 25:25;
26:31 bActs
26:32; 28:19

Paul Appeals to Caesar


1 Now when Festus had come to the province, after three days he went up from aCaesarea to Jerusalem.
2 aThen the 1high priest and the chief men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they petitioned him,
3 asking a favor against him, that he would summon him to Jerusalem— awhile they lay in ambush along the road to kill him.
4 But Festus answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was going there shortly.
5 “Therefore,” he said, “let those who have authority among you go down with me and accuse this man, to see aif there is any fault in him.”
6 And when he had remained among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day, sitting on the judgment seat, he commanded Paul to be brought.
7 When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood about aand laid many serious complaints against Paul, which they could not prove,
8 while he answered for himself, a“Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.”
9 But Festus, awanting to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, b“Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before me concerning these things?”
10 So Paul said, “I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you very well know.
11 a“For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. bI appeal to Caesar.”
12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, “You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!”

Paul Before Agrippa

13 And after some days King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to greet Festus.
14 When they had been there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before

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the king, saying: a“There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix,
15 a“about whom the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, when I was in Jerusalem, asking for a judgment against him.
16 a“To them I answered, ‘It is not the custom of the Romans to deliver any man 1to destruction before the accused meets the accusers face to face, and has opportunity to answer for himself concerning the charge against him.’
17 “Therefore when they had come together, awithout any delay, the next day I sat on the judgment seat and commanded the man to be brought in.
18 “When the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation against him of such things as I 1supposed,
19 a“but had some questions against him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
20 “And because I was uncertain of such questions, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there be judged concerning these matters.
21 “But when Paul aappealed to be reserved for the decision of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I could send him to Caesar.”
22 Then aAgrippa said to Festus, “I also would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he said, “you shall hear him.”
23 So the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come with great 1pomp, and had entered the auditorium with the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at Festus’ command aPaul was brought in.
24 And Festus said: “King Agrippa and all the men who are here present with us, you see this man about whom athe whole assembly of the Jews petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying out that he was bnot fit to live any longer.
25 “But when I found that ahe had committed nothing deserving of death, band that he himself had appealed to Augustus, I decided to send him.
26 “I have nothing certain to write to my lord concerning him. Therefore I have brought him out before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the examination has taken place I may have something to write.
27 “For it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner and not to specify the charges against him.”

Paul’s Early Life


1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself:
2 “I think myself ahappy, King

14 aActs 24:27
15 aActs 24:1;
25:2, 3
16 aActs 25:4,
5 1NU omits
to destruction,
it is implied
17 aActs 25:6,
18 1suspected
19 aActs 18:14,
15; 23:29
21 aActs 25:11,
22 aActs 9:15
23 aActs 9:15
24 aActs 25:2,
3, 7 bActs
21:36; 22:22
25 aActs 23:9,
29; 26:31
bActs 25:11,

CHAPTER 26 References

2 a[1 Pet. 3:14;
4:14] b[1 Pet.
3:15, 16] cActs
21:28; 24:5, 6
5 a[Acts 22:3;
23:6; 24:15,
21]; Phil. 3:5
6 aActs 23:6
b[Gen. 3:15;
22:18; 26:4;
49:10; Deut.
18:15; 2 Sam.
7:12; Ps.
132:11; Is. 4:2;
7:14; 9:6;
40:10; Jer.
Ezek. 34:23;
37:24; Dan.
9:24]; Acts
13:32; Rom.
15:8; [Titus
2:13] 7 aJames 1:1
bLuke 2:37;
1 Thess. 3:10;
1 Tim. 5:5
cPhil. 3:11
9 aJohn 16:2;
1 Cor. 15:9;
1 Tim. 1:12, 13
bActs 2:22;
10:38 1against
10 aActs 8:1–3;
9:13; Gal. 1:13
bActs 9:14
11 aMatt.
10:17; Acts
12 aActs 9:3–8;
16 aActs 22:15;
Eph. 3:6–8
17 aActs 22:21
1rescue 2NU,
M omit now

ACTS 26:17

Agrippa, because today I shall answer bfor myself before you concerning all the things of which I am caccused by the Jews,
3 “especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.
4 “My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know.
5 “They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to athe strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6 a“And now I stand and am judged for the hope of bthe promise made by God to our fathers.
7 “To this promise aour twelve tribes, earnestly serving God bnight and day, chope to attain. For this hope’s sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews.
8 “Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?
9 a“Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things 1contrary to the name of bJesus of Nazareth.
10 a“This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority bfrom the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.
11 a“And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.

Paul Recounts His Conversion

12 a“While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
13 “at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me.
14 “And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
15 “So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
16 ‘But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, ato make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.
17 ‘I will 1deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, ato whom I 2now send you,

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ACTS 26:18

18 a‘to open their eyes, in order bto turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, cthat they may receive forgiveness of sins and dan inheritance among those who are esanctified1 by faith in Me.’

Paul’s Post-Conversion Life

19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,
20 “but adeclared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do bworks befitting repentance.
21 “For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.
22 “Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those awhich the prophets and bMoses said would come—
23 a“that the Christ would suffer, bthat He would be the first to rise from the dead, and cwould proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”

Agrippa Parries Paul’s Challenge

24 Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, ayou are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!”
25 But he said, “I am not 1mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason.
26 “For the king, before whom I also speak freely, aknows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner.
27 “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.”
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
29 And Paul said, a“I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”
30 When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice and those who sat with them;
31 and when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, a“This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.”
32 Then Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set afree bif he had not appealed to Caesar.”

18 aIs. 35:5;
42:7, 16; Luke
1:79; [John
8:12; 2 Cor.
4:4]; Eph.
1:18; 1 Thess.
5:5 b2 Cor.
6:14; Eph.
4:18; 5:8; [Col.
1:13]; 1 Pet.
2:9 cLuke 1:77
dEph. 1:11;
Col. 1:12
eActs 20:32
1set apart
20 aActs 9:19,
20, 22; 11:26
bMatt. 3:8;
Luke 3:8
22 aLuke
24:27; Acts
24:14; 28:23;
Rom. 3:21
bJohn 5:46
23 aLuke 24:26
b1 Cor. 15:20,
23; Col. 1:18;
Rev. 1:5 cIs.
42:6; 49:6;
Luke 2:32;
2 Cor. 4:4
24 a2 Kin. 9:11;
John 10:20;
[1 Cor. 1:23;
2:13, 14; 4:10] 25 1out of my
26 aActs 26:3
29 a1 Cor. 7:7
31 aActs 23:9,
29; 25:25
32 aActs 28:18
bActs 25:11

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Simple Trust in the LORD

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1 LORD, my heart is not 1haughty, Nor my eyes 2lofty. aNeither do I 3concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too 4profound for me.

PSALM 131 References

1 a[Rom.
12:16] 1Proud
3Lit. walk in
2 a[Matt. 18:3] 3 a[Ps. 130:7]

2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, aLike a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 aO Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever.




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