10 Paul answered: “I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well. 11 If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!”
12 After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!”
Governor Felix had been removed and Festus had taken his place; he also inherited Felix’ backlog of court cases, including this one concerning Paul. Paul may have seen enough of state justice in this part of the world and believed, at least at some level, that Festus might(?), would(?) turn him over to the religious court. He had barely escaped with his life in their hands before, would he risk this again? In the end he exercises his right as a Roman citizen and asks to have his case tried in the capital city. Some have second guessed Paul here, accusing him of being driven by fear and not trusting the process by “jumping in” to soon. However, only Paul knows what was in his heart when he made this appeal, then again maybe Paul did not know the true motives of his heart. Do any of us? (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?
Pray for wisdom, healing and peace across your home country.