- Acts 25:1-5
- Acts 25:1 (KJB)
- Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended
from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
- Festus had probably sailed from Italy to Caesarea where he probably
rested for a few days after the sailing trip. He came through Caesarea
because it was the city where the Governor had his palace and the safest
place for him to land. He knew about the assassins who were on the loose and
probably wanted to stay as safe as he could till he could get a chance to
deal with them. He also knew about the way that Felix had treated the Jews
and he desired to conciliate them. After three days of rest, he then went to
- Acts 25:2 (KJB)
- Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against
Paul, and besought him,
- The Jews wasted no time in continuing their hate campaign against Paul
because they wanted him dead. So no sooner did the new Governor come into
Jerusalem, the Jews had gone to him with their false accusations. They did
this repeatedly and since Paul had escaped their murderous plot, it was a
sore point with them and enflamed them more. So they had continued to beg
Festus to deal with Paul.
- Acts 25:3 (KJB)
- And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem,
laying wait in the way to kill him.
- Paul was still in Caesarea and the Jews had asked Festus if he would
send for him and bring him to Jerusalem. The reason behind their request was
that they would wait on the road between Caesarea and Jerusalem and then
when they were in good position, they would kill Paul. Apparently the forty
plus men had notified the Sanhedrin that they were still going to fulfill
- Acts 25:4 (KJB)
- But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he
himself would depart shortly thither.
- Festus was probably informed of the plot against Paulís life and knowing
that Paul was a Roman citizen, Festus would not do anything to endanger the
life of Paul or else it would mean he would get into trouble with his
superiors in Rome. So Festus decided to leave Paul in Caesarea and that he
would be traveling to Caesarea in a short time. The Jewish leaders had
violated the law which they claimed Paul violated. (Exo 20:13 KJV)
Thou shalt not kill. The very thing they wanted to
kill Paul over was the very thing they engaged in. These leaders were truly
spiritually dead and did not mind the things of God.
- Acts 25:5 (KJB)
- Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with
me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.
- Festus decided that if Paul was to be tried, it would have been a much
better and safer place to be tried in Caesarea than in Jerusalem. So Festus
tells them that those among them who are able to go with him, then go and
let them bring their accusations with them and then he will be tried to see
if there is any truth to the accusations. Just by the language of this
verse, it seems Festus had considered their accusations to be very trivial
from the point of view of Roman law.