Festus Consults Agrippa for a Second Opinion

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Festus was in a difficult position because he had to make a report of Paul’s case to Caesar, and he realized that he was innocent. If Festus had really been interested in justice, he could have asked Paul for witnesses. Paul could have furnished him with the names of thousands of people all across the empire who could have testified to his practice and character. Festus situation was relieved somewhat by a visit from King Herod Agrippa II and his sister Bernice.  Agrippa was ruler over an insignificant kingdom to the north and east of Caesarea, which was known as Caesarea-Philippi (v. 13). He was also the son of the Herod who arrested Peter and murdered James. He was living with his own sister Bernice who had been married to his Uncle, but had died. Bernice was also a sister of Drusilla, the wife of Felix.

Festus, knowing Agrippa had the most intimate knowledge of Jewish faith and practice, welcomed the opportunity to share Paul’s care with him (vv. 14-21). Maybe Agrippa could help him to frame a cover letter that must accompany Paul to Rome and Caesar. Festus was perplexed. His hope of making points with the Jewish leaders by giving in to them had boomeranged. When Agrippa said he would be glad to hear Paul, Festus was no doubt gratified (v.22).


When I have a difficult decision to make, who do I usually consult? Why? Do I try to find people who I know will side in with what I want to do or with what the Lord wants me to do? The big question is....Do I always seek the Lord’s will in the matter?

Acts 25:13-22 (English Standard Version)

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