Acts 26:17-32 – May 6, 2007

April 29, 2007 at 8:50 pm Leave a comment

KING AGRIPPA AND BERNICE ARRIVE – PART 3 (verses 17-32)

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.

Q1) In verse 20, what three things does Paul tell the Jews and Gentiles alike to do?

Discussion)    The three things are to repent, turn to God, and then do works befitting of repentance.

Q2) In verse 24, why did Festus accuse Paul of being crazy or out of his mind?

Discussion)    Festus accused Paul of being crazy because Festus did not know about the different prophecies of the Jewish religion nor about who Jesus is.

Q3) What is Paul’s response to Festus in verses 25-27?

Discussion)    Paul’s response was not one of belittling Festus in front of his boss (which is something that all Christians should exercise) but one of a soft answer turns away wrath.  Paul gave honor where honor was due which was that of Festus.  He also politely told him that Agrippa knew about this already and that it was nothing new to Agrippa.

Q4) With all that you now know about King Agrippa, what was going on inside of him by verse 28?

Discussion)    With everything that we talked about of King Agrippa he was now at a crossroads in his life.  He wanted to follow Jesus but the pride of what would his subjects think about him reared its ugly head.  He was almost persuaded but the pride of life came up and he decided not to follow Jesus.

Q5) Paul believed that the king and all that heard him that day would loose him and let him preach freely! Why?

Clues)    This was the trick question.  Paul knew that he was going to Rome.

Discussion)    As an extended discussion here we talked about how everyone had silently left Paul after he spoke without talking to him.  Even though he did exactly what the Lord told him to do, one could imagine that Paul felt lonely at this time and that he was forgotten by God.  Remember this for the Life Application question.

Q6) According to verse 32, does this mean that Paul made a mistake?

Discussion)    No instead it means that he was going to go to Rome now.

LIFE APPLICATION: Why is it vital that Paul didn’t give up here and now, and that he makes it to Rome – whether he’s a prisoner or a free man? How can this encourage us?

Discussion)    This can be encouraging to us by question 5.  There are times when it seems like we don’t here from God, which is what Paul felt, but we press on.

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