Acts 24-26 Attending to the needs of others

From Acts 24-26

44 twelve apostlesQ. Have you ever had to depend on someone else for something really important?

This post is part of my bible in a year series.

Passage and Comments

Paul is still in custody and he is kept in prison for some time. Prisons in the first century were different from the way they are now. They did not provide food and water for their prisoners. So what will happen to Paul?

22 But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.” 23 Then he gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs. (Acts 24.22-23)

Pauls friends are allowed to come in and provide for him. If this didn’t happen Paul may have died of thirst or starvation.

24 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.” 26 At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him. 27 When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. (Acts 24.24-27)

During this time Paul had lots of opportunity to speak to Felix. The text says he spoke about ‘righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment’. I’m guessing Paul was instructing him about how to live in the light of the coming judgment.

About Mission

Paul was in need and his friends helped him. There are many types of Christian ministry that are dependant on the giving of generous people. In this case Paul needed his friends to care for him. And it says a lot that they knew he needed help and were there to provide it. Paul appreciated the help of his friends. We should look out for our friends as well.

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Phil 4:10–13)

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