22 Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. “When Lysias the commander comes,” he said, “I will decide your case.” 23 He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs.
24 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” 26 At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.
27 When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.
While the court waits for an eyewitness to the riot to arrive, Paul remains “under guard” with limited freedoms. Paul’s message would have been to explain how the historical Jesus was indeed the Christ. Felix the governor was a “social climber”, eager to gain favor anyway he could; he had convinced Drusilla, who had greater social stature than his to leave her husband marry him. Paul’s message on “self-control” and being in right relationship with God would have “hit the mar” with these two. No wonder they stopped the interviews (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Follow the ACTS acronym in prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (Asking).