- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 26
Paul defended himself before Jews in Caesarea (4)
Paul spoke for himself before king Agrippa.
King Agrippa permitted Paul to speak for himself. His pleading was based on these;
Paul’s own background — He was born as Jew, and was raised as Jew in tradition and education, and he practiced religion strictly as Pharisee.
Paul’s belief —- He believed God’s promise. He had hope through prophets, which was the resurrection of the dead. “Why should any of you consider it incredible that God rraised the dead?” (v.8)
Paul’s conversion experience — His testimony of conversion experience was in detail, compared to previous testimony on his conversion experience in Acts 22.
Paul’s call — His call was to testify the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to proclaim light to Jewish people and to the Gentiles, so that they should repent, open their eyes and turn from darkness to light, receive forgiveness, and be saved.
He spoke eloquently with passion, assurance, and with persuasiveness, to the point of his saying, “I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” (v28).
This was his last speech before he was sent to Rome. The governor Festus and king Agrippa concluded that Paul was not doing anything to be sentenced to death or imprisoned. He would be set free unless he appealed his case to Caesar, Roman Emperor.
But all these were the work of the Holy Spirit to fulfill God’s purpose. “This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.” (Acts 9:15).
A new chapter of the history of Christianity was about to begin through him.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.