Standing firm before powerful men
Scripture reading for June 7th: Acts 25, Psalm 114, Proverbs 21
Key Scriptures: Acts 25:7-9 “When he (Festus) arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him that they could not prove. Paul argued in his defense,, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I committed any offense.” But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?” But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well.”
Paul was in Caesarea, held by the Roman government as a Roman citizen. Festus, the governor of Jerusalem, came down and offered Paul a change of venue if he desired to be tried in Jerusalem. Paul declined. The Jews had made many charges, some serious, but they had no proof. To go up to Jerusalem when God had revealed to him he must go to Rome was not right.
Faith Confession: Lord, thank You for this example of standing firm in faith before powerful men in authority. I trust You to help me to declare truth and follow You in each difficult situation of life.
Psalm 114:7-8 “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.”