The Acts of the Apostles is the only book in the Bible that remains unfinished, it’s a cliff hanger—and somehow that seems really appropriate as you and I continue to add chapters to what God is doing in the world today through us.
God has a habit of meeting us within the storm, rather than sweeping the storm aside…
But, how Paul told his story follows the rules of rhetoric, the means of persuasion and proof: Ethos, Logos, Pathos.
Paul was not about to launch into a defense that could release him from prison, or from his chains. He was about to launch into the story of his conversion and calling, one that would require a life-altering response from the dignitaries arrayed before him.
Festus must have felt a huge wave of relief, knowing Agrippa and Berenice could give him the full story, tightly knit as they were with Felix and Drusilla. It made all the sense in the world for him to wait just a few days for their arrival, then have them help him adjudicate what was to be done with Paul.
Philosophers have managed to prove God exists through logic – Aristotle, Plato, Descartes, Immanuel Kant, Pascal, and many others. Some of their proofs are famous. But in the case of faith, God is not an argument, or a concept. The Lord is a living being Who desires relationship with you and me. The question is, do you and I desire relationship with God?
God showed Paul his destiny one step at a time. The process itself shaped him, and made him ready for his destiny. God molded Paul into the person he needed to be to fulfill what the Lord had planned for him.
Felix was well-known for the corruption and cruelty in his administration. His penchant for bribes led to an increase in crime during his rule, yet his response to ensuing feuds and uprisings was swift and tyrannical.
When we pray “God, please get me through this suffering” He will actually walk with us through the pain and get us to the other side.
It’s crazy how things work out though, isn’t it!
Randomly (or was it?), Paul’s nephew caught wind of their nefarious plan, and got word into the tribune, who kept it on the downlow, fully intent on protecting Paul.