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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

October 21 - Evening

"Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the Jewish law or against the
temple or against Caesar.”

Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said
to Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?”

Paul answered: “I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well. If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!”

After Festus had conferred with his council,
he declared
“You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!”

- Acts 25:8-12

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Paul Appeals to Nero's Court in Rome to Avoid a Trial in Jerusalem    

Paul's trial in Caesarea before Felix was delayed, since Felix repeatedly postponed Paul's trial because the Jews were pleased that Paul was locked up in jail. Finally, Rome recalled Felix from Caesarea because of his incompetence in handling the violent conflicts between the Jews and the Greeks in Caesarea. Rome installed a new procurator named Festus. Festus arrived in Jerusalem where the Jewish leaders immediately bring Paul's legal case to his attention and ask that Paul be transferred to Jerusalem from Caesarea in order to continue his trial before Festus in Jerusalem.
The Jews intended to have Paul attacked and killed while in route to Jerusalem, but since Festus
is on his way to Caesarea he informed the Jews that he would hear Pau's case in Caesarea upon
his arrival.
At this point, Paul had been held in a prison in Caesarea for 2 years (57-59 AD). During the trial
Paul makes his basic argument to indicate that he has done nothing wrong against either the
Jews or against Rome or against a temple ritual. Festus asked Paul if he would be willing to
travel to Jerusalem to stand trial there. Paul does not want to make the journey back into heavy Jewish territory nor does he want to be tried in Jerusalem, the hot-bed of ritual conflict. Instead,
Paul wants to keep his trial in the hands of the Romans, so he replies:

“I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!”

Festus checks the legality of Paul's request with his legal counsel, and decides:

"You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!"

With that legal verdict Paul is destined by Roman authority to set sail to Rome where he will
have his case, which concerns his actions on the Jewish Temple Mount, heard before
Emperor Nero in Rome.

One other thing worth noting concerns the issue of capital punishment. Paul's view of government’s authority to use the death penalty is found in the following words. Paul tells the Roman procurator:

"If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die."

Paul says that if he has committed a crime worthy of capital punishment, he will not argue a defense against it. He would willing accept the death penalty at the hands of the Romans if he had committed a capital crime. This agrees with Jesus statement to Peter concerning Peter's criminal use of a small sword the night of Jesus arrest. When Peter cut off the ear of the high priest's servant (Mt. 26:5Luke 22:47-51; John 18:10), Jesus says:

"Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword."
- Matthew 26:52

Jesus was saying, all who use the sword for criminal activity, will die by the sword held by the authority of government. (Romans 13:4)

" Christian Quote from Church History

“In necessary things, unity;
in doubtful things, liberty;
in all things, charity.”
– Richard Baxter





Something to Ponder??

In 1630 the Roman Catholic Church pronounced Galileo
a heretic for saying that the Sun is in the center and immovable, but that the
earth moves with a diurnal action. They called his teaching absurd, philosophically false and
an theological error. Galileo was then ordered to curse, and detest his error...But,
in 1992 the Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II admitted that the church had been wrong for condemning and forcing Galileo to be silent concerning the movement
of the earth around the sun.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Semnotes (Gr) - Gravity (Eng) - the Greek word Semnotes describes the nature of a thing or
character of a person that causes it to deserve majesty, honor, respect, dignity and reverence.
In the NT it is used to describe leaders in government, elders, deacons, wives.


An ossury box (bone box) in
a tomb from the first century was found in 1968 just north
of Jerusalem. The bones of a man who had been crucified was still inside. The right heel bone still had a 4 1/2 inch iron nail in it. The pointed tip of the nail had been bent and could not be removed for burial. The head of the nail contained the remains of a piece of olive wood which indicates a piece of wood was used on the outside the foot to help secure the victim. (More here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I plan ahead in anticipation for tomorrow?
Or, do I live for today, while neglecting any thought for tomorrow?
I will make plans and prepare a "store house" for my future.
  "In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has." - Proverbs 21:20
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) James 5 Mark 9
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
For desire to be productive Unity Gun Control Issues Senegal - few evangelical believers
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Ceremonial stone at Gezer
A ceremonial stone box (lid most likely is missing) in Gezer, Israel that held the text of a covenant or an agreement between the parties that set up the stones or stele seen in behind the stone box (click on imagefor larger size) The bend in the eastern Temple Mount wall (also, the wall on the east side of the city) where the Hasmoneans extended onto Solomon's 500x500 cubit platform around 150 BC. At the point of the arrow, the wall bends and begins to drift to the east (right). The different ashlar stones can still be identified. (click on image for larger size)
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