Felix Procrastinates

But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, “When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case.” 23 So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and told him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit him.

24 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” 26 Meanwhile he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him.

27 But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, wanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound. — Acts 24:22-27.

Felix adjourns the proceedings, stating that he will make his decision when Lysias, the commander, arrives. Paul has some degree of liberty restored to him and his friends are free to provide for and visit him.

Felix and his wife, Drusilla, send for Paul. Paul reasons with them about righteousness, self-control and judgement. Felix is afraid and retreats ‘until a convenient time’. He hopes he might get a bribe from Paul and speaks with him often. He is resisting God’s standards and message in his own life.

Two years elapse and Festus succeeds Felix. Felix, currying favour with the Jews, leaves Paul bound. [Source: The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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