Acts 26:24-26..24 While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.” 25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words of sober truth.
V.24-25 Festus objected loudly saying that all of your learning has driven you insane. Paul said “most excellent Festus” not wanting to alienate him, but denied he was insane and said my words are truth. Paul had already told them he had seen and talked with the risen Jesus on the Damascus Road for his authority. [Acts 26:14-18]
26 For the king knows about these matters, and I speak to him also with confidence, since I am persuaded that none of these things escape his notice; for this has not been done in a corner.
V.26 Paul immediately turned back to King Agrippa. It was nearly 30 years since the ascension of Jesus, but Paul was confident the king knew all about what he was saying. King Agrippa II was the great-grandson of Herod the Great, who ruled at the time of Jesus’ birth [Matthew 2:1 30 AD]; son of Herod Agrippa I, who beheaded James and imprisoned Peter in 42 AD [Acts 12:1-3 42 AD]; was considered “king of the Jews” and an expert in “Jewish customs and controversies” [Acts 26:3]. Paul ended with “this was not done in a corner” [v.26]. This reminds me of a presentation I made in 2008 in Topeka, Kansas to about 500 people. I kept using the phrase above to indicate many people would be involved in developing a vision for Topeka. However I have a way of saying “corner” as “carner” and one of the leaders finally interrupted me and said “What is a carner”? The place erupted in laughter. I was right; over 3,000 people were involved in developing a draft document. Then the newspaper distributed 44,000 copies of the draft asking for input. “It was not done in a corner”. They are still implementing the vision 10 years later.
The life and ministry of Jesus was a matter of common knowledge, and His resurrection was well-documented and testified to by many witnesses. This message had been declared openly and not in some corner. The Way was no secret society, hiding its message from the public. Followers of Christ boldly declared that Jesus was the Messiah who fulfilled Old Testament prophecies. He had suffered, died, and had risen from the dead. “This was not done in a corner”. A
Unfortunately today most people do not know the story of redemption and reject the Bible and Jesus.
Believers must be prepared to respond to objections with love, confidence and directness. What can we do to be better prepared to answer those who object to our message?
Henry Luke 2/23/2018
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