Agrippa Parries Paul’s Challenge

Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!”

25 But he said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason. 26 For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.”

28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”

29 And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”

30 When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice and those who sat with them; 31 and when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, “This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.”

32 Then Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.” — Acts 26:24-32.

As Paul made his defense, Festus reacts and tells Paul that he has been made mad by too much learning.

Paul proclaims that he is not mad, nor is he unreasonable or untruthful. He states to Herod Agrippa that the resurrection has happened and that ‘this thing was not done in a corner’. Paul then tells him that he knows of the king’s belief in the prophets and then applies the message to him. In answer to his comment that Paul is almost persuading him to become a Christian, the apostle volunteers that he wants all his hearers, including King Agrippa, to become Christians. Presentation of truth always requires application of truth.

Agrippa, Bernice and Festus are all of the opinion that Paul has done nothing wrong. Agrippa concludes that Paul might be free if he had not appealed to Caesar. [Adapted from 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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