The Curious King

24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”

25 “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. 26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

30 The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. 31 After they left the room, they began saying to one another, “This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.”

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

King Agrippa was curious. He wanted to know more about this Jesus Christ. He liked what he saw in Paul, and invited him to tell him more. Throughout this ordeal, Paul had been a respectful, polite prisoner. Just from his words alone, he didn’t seem to be bitter or angry about being falsely accused.

What would you say to King Agrippa’s request? Based on what Paul said, how would you convince King Agrippa?

Paul knew that it took time to process these things. Plus he knew that he had time to spend. There’s no doubt he’d be praying hard for his next visit with the king. Before that, though, he still had several prison guards to speak with. Whether in the jail or in the king’s court, Paul’s mission field was where he was at any point in time.

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