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27 Oct 2021

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这人并不该死
This man does not deserve death

Acts 26:30-32

30 亚基帕王、总督和百尼基,还有在座的人都站起来,31 退到一边,彼此谈论,说:“这个人并没有犯过什么该死该绑的罪。”32 亚基帕对非斯都说:“这个人若没有向凯撒上诉,早就可以释放了。”

30 The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. 31 After they left the room, they began saying to one another, “This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.” 32 Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

 

重点学习

在这里,耐人寻味的不是各人说了什么,而是读者所能感受到的事件背后的气氛。保罗是个囚犯,当时他身上戴着锁链,正如他自己说的。但毫无疑问地他正主导着整个受审的过程。非斯都没有把他当成囚犯审问他。非斯都无疑知道保罗是个杰出的拉比;还有那些羊皮卷是最早的基督教书籍。

保罗拥有能让他在万人中昂首挺胸的能力。那些持守基督复活的人无需惧怕任何人。

 

Lessons Learn

It is not so much what is actually said in this passage which is interesting but rather the atmosphere which the reader can feel behind it. Paul was a prisoner. At that very moment, he was wearing his chains, as he himself makes clear. And yet unmistakably the impression given is that he is the dominating personality in the scene. Festus does not speak to him as a criminal. No doubt he knew Paul’s record as a trained Rabbi; and the parchments which were the earliest Christian books.

Paul has in him a power which raises him head and shoulders above all others in any company. Those who have the risen Christ at their side need fear no one.