Acts 26:1-16 – April 29, 2007

April 22, 2007 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment


Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

The class was given the following sheet about King Agrippa:

Last ruler from the house of Herod. Great-grandson of Herod the through both his father [Agrippa I] & mother [Cypros, the daughter of Salampsio], Agrippa II was, like his father & paternal grandfather, raised in the imperial household in Rome. Only 16 when his father died (44 CE), he was too young to be named king of the volatile kingdom of Judea. But six years later, the emperor Claudius put him in charge of the Lebanese kingdom of Chalcis, that had been vacated by the death of his uncle, Herod (48 CE). Agrippa’s support of Jews in their feud with Samaritans (52 CE) led Claudius to replace the procurator of Judea [Cumanus] & give Agrippa control of the Syrian provinces [Golan, Batanea & Trachonitis] that had previously been governed by his father & great-uncle [Philip]. Like his father & uncle, he retained the title of “king.” When Nero became emperor (54 CE), he expanded Agrippa’s kingdom to include Perea and the west shore of the sea of Galilee, territory that had belonged to the domain of his father & another great-uncle [Antipas]. Although his reign was the longest of any member of the Herodian dynasty, he never ruled Judea, Samaria or the bulk of Galilee. Yet, his sister, Drusilla, became wife of a Roman procurator of Judea [Antonius Felix]. Though Claudius made him administrator of the temple in Jerusalem, Agrippa himself was not a religious Jew & created scandal among Jewish subjects by continuing his incestuous relationship with another sister, Berenice. That scandal is not mentioned, however, in Luke’s account of the apostle Paul’s favorable audience before the pair on the eve of his deportation to Rome [Acts 25-26]. Since Agrippa sided with Rome in the great Jewish revolt (66-70 CE), his position was reconfirmed by Roman emperors after Nero.

Q1) In Acts 25:11, Paul appealed to Festus, but yet here we see him explain to Agrippa. Why?

Discussion)    Paul explained to Agrippa because Paul knew that Agrippa had an in depth knowledge of Jewish customs and laws.  Festus did not, so Paul just appealed to him.  

Q2) Read Acts 9:15 and then read Acts 26:2. Why do you think Paul is so happy here?

Discussion)    Paul is happy here not because he thinks that he is going to be released as some commentaries state.  Instead he is happy that after two long years of being in prison under Felix then Festus, the plan that God had of Paul going to Rome was starting to take affect.  King Agrippa was the “boss” or at least in authority over Festus, so he was the next one up the food chain that will hear about Paul’s case.  Paul was happy that this was the next step in him going to Rome and that Paul got to tell another high level official about who Jesus Christ is and what He has done.

Q3) In verse 5, Paul states that the Jews knew him from the beginning. What does this mean?

Discussion)    This means that all of the Jewish community knew who Paul was and that he was raised in the strictest ways of the Pharisees.  He had kept the Mosaic law better than most of the Pharisees had kept it.

Q4) Read Acts 13:32-34. What is the hope of the promise made by God unto the fathers, spoken of in verse 6?

Discussion)    The hope of the promise made by God was referenced by Paul in Acts 13 and it is the hope of Jesus Christs.  Paul quotes two parts of the book of Psalms in this passage, in which King David referenced the future Messiah.  This is something that King Agrippa knew about and therefore did not need explanation of the promise but was told by Paul that it was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.

Q5) In verse 9-11, Paul does not tell about his life before he was converted. Why is this?

Clues)    Paul does in fact tell about his life before he was converted.  This was the trick question.

Discussion)    Paul indeed tells about his life before he was converted.  He shows with what zealousness and passion he persecuted Jesus and Christians.

Q6) Read the Agrippa sheet, then read Acts 26:4-16. Why do you think Paul is so detailed here?

Discussion)    This is a setup here by God to tell King Agrippa about who Jesus is and what He did for each one of us.  This truly was not about Paul trying to get out of prison but about the chance for King Agrippa, Bernice, and all of those in the court of this king to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

LIFE APPLICATION: Paul lived by the Mosaic Law from birth to young adulthood – became a member of the Sanhedrin – a Pharisee- a very strict Pharisee and persecuted Christians until his encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus.

A) How is Paul different in his NEW life lived in Christ and why?

Discussion)    Paul is on fire for the cause of Jesus and he is not only telling others about Jesus but doing it with signs and wonders, which we need to be showing the world today.

B) How is Paul the same in his NEW life in Christ?

Discussion)    He still has zealousness, fervor, and passion for something.  It used to be about persecution but in his new life in Christ it is about reaching a lost world for Jesus.

C) How can this be encouraging to us?

Discussion)    This shows us that we can still have the same zeal, fervor, and passion after we become a Christian.  It also shows that there are times that God will have us bring up our past, even though it is forgiven, to point some to Jesus.  Remember that we are never supposed to reside in our past once it is brought up.


Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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