Bethany Presbyterian Church

18 Oct 2021

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I was at a loss

Acts 25:18-22

18 原告都站在那里,他们所控诉他的,并不是我所意料的恶事。19 他们与他争辩的,只是他们的宗教问题;还论到一位已经死了的耶稣,保罗却说他是活着的。20 关于这些争论,我不知道怎样处理,就问他愿不愿意上耶路撒冷去为这些事在那里受审。21 但保罗要求把他留下,等待皇上裁判,我就下令把他押起来,等候解往凯撒那里。22 亚基帕对非斯都说:“我也想听听这人说些什么。”非斯都说:“明天就请你来听。”

18 When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected. 19 Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.20 I was at a loss how to investigate such matters; so I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial there on these charges. 21 But when Paul made his appeal to be held over for the Emperor’s decision, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar.” 22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear this man myself.” He replied, “Tomorrow you will hear him.”





Lessons Learn

We must keep hold of the mark by which we may distinguish the one from the other. There is no godliness but that which is grounded in the knowledge of faith, or we would be groping in the dark. Moreover, the Romans were so drunk with their success that they thought they were more acceptable to God than anyone else. It was a dreadful state of affairs when a man who was an unbeliever and an idolater set as judge among the Jews, to give judgement out of his ignorance concerning the sacred oracles of God. But the fault lay entirely with Paul’s enemies, who did not care for God’s majesty so long as they could satisfy and obey their own madness.