Bethany Presbyterian Church

27 Oct 2021

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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.”






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.