Paul’s trial continues….
Agrippa asks Paul to speak. Paul recounts his background, having been born a Jew and lived as a Pharisee, and states he is on trial because of his hope in God’s promises and his belief in how God raises the dead. Paul admits he persecuted Christians jealously until Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus and commissioned him to teach the gospel to the Gentiles.
Paul obeyed his vision, saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen regarding Christ. Festus calls Paul insane. Paul challenges Agrippa on his beliefs, confronting him with the question of if he believes in the prophets. Agrippa accuses Paul of trying to convert him and Paul readily agrees, praying all who are listening to him believe as he does.
Agrippa agrees that Paul is not doing anything worthy of death or punishment and says Paul could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.
Paul needs to get to Rome, God wants him to go in front of Caesar, the emperor.
The Jews are falsely accusing Paul of crimes which they cannot prove. Due to politics, Paul is held prisoner to appease the Jews even though the Romans know Paul is innocent. Paul appeals to Caesar as a last resort in order to go to Rome unhindered as God has called him to do instead of accepting his freedom. Paul is now headed to Rome.
God is truly amazing, here he chooses Paul who is a Jew and a Roman citizen to teach the Gentiles and who is uniquely positioned to carry out God’s will in Roman Times. He has all the advantages and God uses them to His glory. God can put us all in unique situations and use us to further his kingdom and bring glory where it needs to be… not one us, but God.