22 腓力斯本是詳細曉得這道，就支吾他們說：「且等千夫長呂西亞下來，我要審斷你們的事。」 23 於是吩咐百夫長看守保羅，並且寬待他，也不攔阻他的親友來供給他。24 過了幾天，腓力斯和他夫人、猶太的女子土西拉一同來到，就叫了保羅來，聽他講論信基督耶穌的道。25 保羅講論公義、節制和將來的審判。腓力斯甚覺恐懼，說：「你暫且去吧！等我得便再叫你來。」26 腓力斯又指望保羅送他銀錢，所以屢次叫他來，和他談論。27 過了兩年，波求非斯都接了腓力斯的任。腓力斯要討猶太人的喜歡，就留保羅在監裡。
10When the governor motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: "I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense.
22Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. "When Lysias the commander comes," he said, "I will decide your case." 23He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs. 24Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. 25As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you." 26At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. 27When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.
- This chapter seems to be a defeat for Paul. He made a compelling defense before the Roman Governor Felix, and showed how weak the chief priest’s case against him was. But Felix waffled, and refused to decide the case. Paul was put under house arrest, and kept there for two years. Felix only talked to Paul from time to time in the hope of a bribe. It looked like failure.
- But in fact it was success! For Paul, and the Gospel, had a hearing. We shouldn’t expect to be popular, or that the majority of folks will experience instant conversion. But at least we must have a chance to be heard.
- To follow up on #4 of Ch 22’s meditation; was there an opportunity for me to share my story with someone? Did I have a hearing? How was it received? What did I learn from this experience?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Family Time (Begin this time by reading the passage above using a children’s Bible.)
Review your Family Devotional Journal to chapter 17 and 18. Ask: Has your family or anyone shared the gospel with someone on the list? How did it go? Was he/she willing to accept Christ? What did I learn from this experience? If you haven’t shared, decide when to do it. Write it in the Journal and pray that you will indeed do it this time.