The Book of Acts: Chapter 24 (pt 16 of 21)

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“After two years had passed, Porcius Festus succeeded Felix, and because he wanted to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison” —Acts 24:27

Felix never did “get enough information.” Felix never did pronounce a verdict. In the end, we could say the God removed him from his office. I can’t help but remember Daniel’s words to Nebuchadnezzar:

“Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you. Break away from your sins by doing what is right, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps your prosperity will be prolonged” —Daniel 4:27

Nebuchadnezzar had been warned that his kingdom would be taken from him. Daniel urged Nebuchadnezzar to turn from his sin and to do what was right. Perhaps then his reign would be prolonged. Nebuchadnezzar didn’t listen, and neither did Felix. At the end of two years, Jewish protests led to the removal of Felix by Nero. His day of opportunity seems to have ended.

Meanwhile, Paul remained in prison, which make me think of Joseph, who remained in prison two years after interpreting a dream that showed how the cupbearer would be released and restored to his former position. Felix effectively left the problem of Paul to his successor, Festus. Felix chose to please the Jews, rather than God. It’s a much sadder day for Felix than for Paul.

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