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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

October 22 - Morning

" I am not insane, most excellent Festus,”
Paul replied.
“What I am saying is true and reasonable.
 The king is familiar with these things, 
and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that
none of this has escaped his notice, because it was
not done in a corner.
 King Agrippa, do you believe
the prophets? I know you do.”

Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. After they left the room, they began saying to one another,
“This man is not doing anything that deserves
death or imprisonment.”

Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
- Acts 26:25-32

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Paul Before Agrippa, Bernice and Festus    

After Paul had been held in the Caesarea prison for two years (59 AD), the Roman procurator Felix was removed from his position for incompetence and was replaced with Festus. During his first few days in office King Agrippa II and Bernice traveled to Caesarea to welcome Festus and “to pay their respects to Festus” (Acts 25:13), since they would be working alongside him to assist Rome in its rule of the land.

King Herod Agrippa II had succeeded Agrippa I’s (his father) reign in 44 AD when Agrippa I was eaten by worms and died (Acts 12:21-23). Since Agrippa was only 17 years old at the time, Rome appointed a series of procurators to rule for the young Agrippa. By 52 AD portions of his territory were gradually being transferred to Agrippa.  Eventually, Agrippa II would rule all of Israel which included land north of Galilee, Galilee, Samaria, Perea, Judea. When the Jewish wars began in 66 AD Agrippa II sided with Rome. King Herod Agrippa II was the great grandson of Herod the great, he lived until around 100 AD. With his death, the line of Herod ceased.

Bernice, was Herod Agrippa I’s daughter, and a year younger than her brother Agrippa II. She had a tasteless life beginning when she was 13 when she married her uncle, Herod of Chalcis (and, had two sons). When Chalcis died, Bernice moved in with her brother Agrippa II. According to Josephus and the Roman poet, Juvenal, Bernice lived in an incestuous relationship with her brother Agrippa II. Later Bernice became the lover of Titus, the Roman General who would destroy Jerusalem in 70 AD and would eventually become the emperor. When Titus died in 81 AD Bernice dropped out of the historical record.

While Agrippa and Bernice were visiting Festus in Caesarea in 59 AD, Paul’s court case came up as a topic of conversation and Agrippa said he would like to hear Paul present his defense. In 48 AD, Agrippa II had been given a portion of land north of Galilee to rule, but he also was given the responsibility to superintend the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and appoint the high priest. So, it would be clear that Agrippa II would like to hear Paul’s case since it involved a violation on the Temple Mount. Luke, who was in the audience, records the great pomp and fanfare that occurred in the courtroom when Agrippa and Bernice entered (Acts 25:23). And, then, Paul was brought in. Agrippa gave Paul permission to speak, and for the third time in the book of Acts, Luke records Paul’s testimony of his experience on the road to Damascus. Festus, Agrippa and Bernice listen to Paul until Paul says:

“I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen – that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles.” – Acts 26:22-23

At that point Festus interrupts Paul and shouts:

“You are out of your mind, Paul! Your great leaning is driving you insane.”

Paul then claims before Festus that his presentation is “true and reasonable.” And, Paul calls on King Agrippa to defend the truth of what Paul had just spoken, saying:

                “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

King Agrippa realizes that he has just been invited by Paul to make a confession of faith, and rejects the invitation to become a believer, but Agrippa does make a ruling in regard to the Jews case against Paul. Since Agrippa II had been given the right of jurisdiction on the Temple Mount he declares that Paul is innocent and could be set free, except for the fact that Paul had already appealed his case to Nero in
Rome to avoid being ambushed or tried before the Jews in Jerusalem:

                “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Lord, give us faith that
right makes might.”
– Abraham Lincoln




Something to Ponder??

At the church’s Council of Nicea in 325 AD Arius from Alexandria had led many to believe that Jesus was a created being, but Athanasius saved the day by convincing the council, which included the presence of Emperor Constantine, that Jesus was eternal God. Athanasius used the term "homoousious" or "consubstantial" meaning "of one substance” to say the Jesus was ‘from the substance of the Father; God from God, Light from Light, very God from very God, begotten not made, of the same substance as the Father...” The supporters of Arius (called Arians) countered with the chant, “There was a time when the Son was not.” Fortunately truth and logic won that day instead of the emotional and illogical chant that is today embraced by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Toledot (Hb) - genealogical records (Eng) - the Hebrew toledot means "genealogies" or "genealogical records" or " "ancestral narrative." It is translated in the NIV as "the account of"
and is the word used in the familar toledot formula in the book of Genesis:
- 2:4, "The acount of the heavens and the earth when they were created."
-5:1, "This is the written account of Adam's line"
-6:9, "This is the account of Noah"
-11:10, "This is the account of Shem"
-11:27, "This is the account of Terah"
-25:19, "This is the account of Isaac"
-37:2, "This is the acount of Jacob"

  Both the Old Testament and ancient Mesopotamian documents preserve the knowledge of a universally recalled Flood and the world before the Flood. The Epic of Gilgamesh is an account of the Flood from the view of a polytheistic society, yet it parrallels the text of the Hebrew account of Noah’s Flood. More Here
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Are my friends a positve influence for me?
Am I a positve influence for my friends, my family and my co-workers?
I will seek to spend time with people I want to be like, and seek to be a godly model for others.
  "Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn
his ways and get yourself ensnared." - Proverbs 22:24
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
Matthew 3:1-4:11 First Thessalonians 1 Luke 9:28-62
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Efficient at work Experience God’s presence Military and National Defense Senegal - 25% of population in Dakar, strategic outreach there
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Hasmonean stones from 160 BC at JUC on Mount Zion

The bottom two courses are ashlar stones set in place around 160 BC during the days of the Hasmoneans. Today this building is on the campus of JUC (Jerusalem University College) on Mount Zion in Jerusaelm.
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A Hebrew inscription was engraved under the springer stones that supported an arch that supported a road into the Temple Mount on the SW corner. It was accessed by a stairway. Today this is called Robinson's arch. The Hebrew inscription was engraved around 900 AD to commemorate the Jewish graves found in the rubble under the arch from that same time period. The inscription is from Isaiah 66:14 and reads: "You shall see and your heart shall rejoice. Their bones shall flourish like grass."

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