Devotional

Acts 24:1-23 Political Power 

Judaism and the Roman Empire were two huge power blocs.  We might wonder what chance Paul had in the face of such political might.  Paul, however, was undaunted: he knew that with God all things are possible, and moreover he always wore the “armour” of which he wrote in Eph.6:10-18.  Paul was put on trial before Felix, the Roman governor.  The professional lawyer speaking for the Jews could not substantiate the false charges, but Felix was unwilling to release Paul because he hoped for a bribe (v.26), and he wanted to keep on good terms with the Jewish leaders (v.27).