- Acts 24:6-10
- Acts 24:6 (KJB)
- Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would
have judged according to our law.
- After giving three nebulous accusations in the previous verse, he now
makes the specific charge against Paul. He claimed that Paul had attempted
to profane the temple, however, Paul was arrested before he had a chance to
do anything. This too was false because they had seized Paul and wanted to
hang him without a trial. Tertullus had conveniently left out the part where
they were beating Paul and their violent attitudes toward him.
- Acts 24:7 (KJB)
- But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great
violence took him away out of our hands,
- Tertullus then makes a major error by making a false accusation against
Lysias. He did not use great violence to apprehend Paul, instead, he rescued
Paul from their hands or they would have killed him. Tertullus made it sound
like the Jews were going to give him a fair trial and Lysias intervened
forcefully removing Paul from their midst. Felix was not a dummy and knew
that Lysias would have only intervened if there was a near riot happening
because they were there to keep the peace. It is probable that Felix started
to realize that these people were a bunch of liars. Lysias had only done his
duty in rescuing Paul from the mob.
- Acts 24:8 (KJB)
- Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself
mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
- Tertullus continues to make allegations against Lysias as well as Paul.
Here he believes it was wrong for Lysias to make a change of venue. He made
it sound like this was the idea of Lysias. Tertullus fails to also states
that there was a plot to kill Paul and the Sanhedrin was complicit in this
murderous plot. This is the reason that Lysias brought Paul to Felix, for
protection and the ability to be able to present his case in a civil place.
Tertullus then tells Felix that upon examination, he will be able to find
all these things out about Paul and that they are not just empty
- Acts 24:9 (KJB)
- And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
- Assented - Agreed
- Tertullus lied and the Jews had agreed with everything that he said. No
wonder the nation of Israel was in the spiritual shape it was in. With liars
and criminals like this as “religious leaders” the people in Israel did not
have much of a chance to have any spiritual growth. These kinds of actions
confirm the wisdom of God when He sent General Titus in 70 A.D. to destroy
Israel and the temple.
- Acts 24:10 (KJB)
- Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak,
answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto
this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
- Then it was Paul’s turn to speak and the Governor had made a sign to
him. Paul addresses the Governor with courtesy and not with the phony
flattery which Tertullus used. Paul knew that Felix would have been familiar
with Jewish customs being in Judaea for some time. Paul knew that he could
now answer these charges and he would do it cheerfully knowing that Felix
would see right through the false accusations which were presented to him.
Notice Paul was answering the charges himself but the Jews could not make
the false charges, instead, they hired someone to do it for them. Felix knew
that the Jews despised Paul and he could also tell the difference between
the sincerity of Paul and the insincerity of Tertullus.