Acts 24 Outline
– Ananias and several elders brought the case against Paul in Caesarea with a lawyer named Tertullus (Acts 24:1)
– Tertullus accused Paul of stirring up riots and desecrating the temple (Acts 24:2-8)
– The Jews believed in Tertullus’ charges (Acts 24:9)
– Paul said that he was arrested for putting his hope in the resurrection of the righteous and wicked (Acts 24:10-21)
– Felix adjourned the proceeding until next time (Acts 24:22-23)
– Felix and his wife, Drusilla, came to deal with the case against after several days (Acts 24:24-25)
– Felix hoped Paul would offer him bribe but Paul did not (Acts 24:26)
– Paul remained in prison after Felix was replaced with Portius Festus 2 years later (Acts 24:26)
Acts 24 Summary
After 5 days, Ananias and some elders and a lawyer called Tertullus traveled to Caesarea to brought the charges against Paul. Tertullus accused Paul of starting riots among the Jews in different places of the world.
According to Tertullus, Paul is the ring leader of a Nazarene sect and Paul had attempted to desecrate the temple. Tertullus urged Felix to examine Paul in order to find the truth of the charges they are bringing against him. The Jews who were present believed in the accusations Tertullus brought against Paul.
Then, Felix motioned for Paul to speak. In his defense, Paul said that no Jews oppose him when he was at the temple in Jerusalem 12 days ago. Paul said that he had done no crime. He said he believed in the Law of Moses and the resurrection of the righteous and wicked. Paul is now arrested for putting his hope in the resurrection of the dead.
Felix was familiar with the Way. He suspended the proceedings until Lysias come and listen to the case. After a few days, Felix came with his wife, Drusilla to listen to the case. During the trial, Paul talked about righteousness, self control and judgment to come. Felix hoped that Paul would offer him a bribe but Paul did not. After 2 years, Porcius Festus succeeded Felix. Felix decided to keep Paul in the prison to grant a favor to the Jews.
Acts 24 Bible Study
1. Flattering people is a sin
Before bringing charges against Paul, Tertullus flattered Ananias by praising his government, which brings peace and reformation to the nation. In Jude 1:16, murmurers and complainers that walk after their lusts, their mouths speaks proud things and show respect of persons to gain advantage. In Job 32:21-22, Job said he will show partiality to no one nor flatter any man because if he is skilled in flattery, God, his maker will soon take him away. In Psalms 5:9, those who flatter with their tongues does not show faithfulness to God in their mouth. Their heart is very wickedness and their throat is an open sepulchre. In Psalms 78:36, those who flatter God with their mouth are lying to him with their tongues. Saying good things about God and praising him but acting in a different way by leading a rebellious lifestyle is lying to God.
2. Be honest and don’t tell lies
Paul was an honest person. He did not do anything wrong yet he was accused of committing a crime by desecrating the temple. All he said on the trial was truth. Because he did not do anything wrong, the accusers couldn’t bring up any evidence. Christians should not lie no matter in what circumstances, even if it is for a purpose to help or defend someone. In Colossians 3:9-10, we should put off the old man with his deeds and not lie to one another. In John 8:44, the devil is the father of all lies. The devil had been lying since the beginning of time. In 1 John 2:4, he who said he knows God yet does not keep his commandment is a liar because there is no truth in him. In Revelation 21:8, the fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters and liars shall have their part in the lake of fire and brimstone after death. This is the second death.
3. Righteousness, self control and judgment to come
In Acts 24:25, Paul talked about righteousness, self control and the judgment to come. Righteousness come by believing in Jesus Christ. Anyone who believe in Jesus Christ is considered righteous. In Romans 10:9, anyone who confess Jesus Christ if Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead on the third day can be saved. After you have believe in Jesus Christ, you must die to your old self and stop submitting to your fleshly desire and put God first in your life. Christians must have self control over their fleshly desire such as smoking, drug addiction, quarreling, hatred, greed and etc. Everyone will eventually stand before God during the judgment day. On the judgment day, Jesus will judge each and everyone of us in this world according to his deeds on earth. In Matthew 12:36, on the judgment day, people will give account for every careless word they speak. In Revelation 20:11-15,Â On the judgment day, Jesus will sit on a great white throne to judge the people according to what was written in the books. Those people whose names were not written in the Book of Life will be thrown into the lake of fire. In 1 Corinthians 4:5, each of us will receive commendation from God for the things done in darkness.
4. Now is the time to believe in Jesus Christ
In Acts 24:25, Felix adjourned the case and said he will call him once again in a more convenient time. Felix was trying to avoid the gospel through procrastination. Many people often want to wait until in the future to believe in Jesus Christ. You never know what is going to happen in the future so now is the time to believe in him. In 2 Corinthians 6:2, now is the time to believe in Jesus Christ and receive your salvation.
5. Never accept a bribe
In Acts 24:27, Felix decided to keep Paul in prison even after he was succeeded by Porcius Festus. Felix was greedy and only want to release Paul if he gives him a bribe but Paul didn’t. In Exodus 23:8, God forbids taking bribery because bribery blinds the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. In Micah 7:3, taking bribery is a sin. In Mark 14:11, Judas betrayed Jesus Christ and handed him over to the enemies for 30 pieces of silver. In Ezekiel 22:12, bribery, usury and greed by extortion are sins against God. In Isaiah 5:23, bribery justifies the wicked and take away righteousness from the righteous.