Understanding the Scriptures
|Tedious (v. 4)||Bothersome|
|Clemency (v. 4)||Fairness, mercy|
|Sedition (v. 5)||Rebellion, treason|
|Profane (v. 6)||Defile, make unclean|
|Heresy (v. 14)||False doctrine|
|Deferred them (v. 22)||Made them wait|
Acts 24:27—Who Was Festus?
Porcius Festus was a Roman who was appointed to replace Felix as governor of Judea (see Bible Dictionary, “Festus,” p. 674).
|Ascended (v. 1)||Went up|
|Grievous (v. 7)||Serious|
|Appeal unto Caesar (vv. 11, 21, 25)||It was the right of a Roman citizen to ask to be judged before Caesar Augustus|
|Licence (v. 16)||Right, permission|
|Pomp (v. 23)||Show of importance|
Acts 25:13—Who Were King Agrippa and Bernice?
The King Agrippa mentioned here is Herod Agrippa II, the son of Herod Agrippa I. Bernice was his sister (see Bible Dictionary, “Herod,” pp. 700–1).
|Beseech (v. 3)||Ask, plead|
|Straitest sect (v. 5)||Strict religious group; the Pharisees|
|Pricks (v. 14)||Fight against the promptings of the Spirit|
|Mad (v. 24)||Insane|
Studying the Scriptures
Do one of the following activities (A–B) as you study Acts 24–26.
Be a Courtroom Observer
Acts 24 tells of Paul’s two appearances before Felix. Review what the following people said and did in those two trials and answer the questions in your notebook as if you had been there watching:
What did Tertullus say about Felix and Paul? How much of it was true?
What did Paul say was the real reason for his arrest?
What did Paul say that caused Felix to tremble?
Why didn’t Felix let Paul go?
Who do you know who has the courage to stand up for what he or she believes, even in difficult situations. What could you do to develop that kind of courage?
“Almost Thou Persuadest Me to Be a Christian”
Review Acts 26 and compare the differences in the reactions of Festus, the Roman, and Agrippa, the Jew, to Paul’s testimony. Which of them said, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian”? Why do you think each man reacted the way he did?
What might prevent people today from fully accepting the truth when they hear it?