Bible Reading – Acts 25

Paul Appeals to Caesar (25:1-12). After Festus arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea, and again, the Jewish leaders brought formal charges against Paul. Following a failed attempt to persuade Festus to summon Paul to Jerusalem, they came to Caesarea and brought serious charges against Paul. The apostle maintained innocence of all charges and finally appealed to Caesar.

Festus Asks King Agrippa for Advice (25:13-22). When King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus, he explained Paul’s case to the king to get his opinion. Following his explanation, Agrippa wished to hear from Paul.

Paul Before King Agrippa and Bernice (25:23-27). Festus brought Paul before King Agrippa, hoping that he might have an opportunity to write the emperor indicating the charges against him.

Practical Lessons: “The first to state his case seems right, until his opponent begins to cross-examine him” (Proverbs 18:17). This proverb fittingly applies to Acts 21-26 as the apostle maintains innocence of all charges.