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 accusations.
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.