Day 38

Paul’s Defense Before Agrippa

from the Acts reading plan


Acts 25:1-27, Acts 26:1-32, Psalm 37:28, Proverbs 2:6-8

BY Bailey Gillespie

Do you ever think about trees and water and wildflowers and how they don’t use words to talk, yet say so much? Right now, there’s a Japanese maple in the garden to my right, and its soft, star-shaped leaves are reaching out into the afternoon light. There’s a whole essay buried inside those leafy branches. 

I’m thankful for the agricultural age the New Testament was written in because there are so many tangible, everyday images that remind us of God and His kingdom. Mustard seeds and mountains. Grapevines, sheep, and fruit trees. While creation bears silent witness to what it has seen, we’re called to bear witness with our words as well. I say “as well,” because our own silent witness is also powerful.

The apostle Paul’s divine purpose was to become a servant and a witness of God’s work. In the book of Acts, the Lord Himself declares it when He says, “I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and a witness of what you have seen and will see of me” (Acts 26:16). This is why Paul takes great care to carefully argue and defend the integrity of his words and behavior before Festus and King Agrippa. He assures them he’s being rational, “speaking words of truth and good judgment” (v.25).  

What Paul has seen is great. Revolutionary. He’s seen light from heaven (v.13). He’s spoken with the One who fulfilled the promised hope of the ancestors (v.6). He’s seen his own personal transformation in becoming the very kind of person he used to imprison (v.10). And his testimony is made even more powerful because it was his eyesight that was taken away during an encounter with God on the road to Damascus (vv.12–18). The humor in that isn’t lost on me. Paul, the one who was blinded by God, is now bearing witness to Him. It’s the kind of story only God could write, isn’t it? 

Paul followed through on his calling to the death, as he continued to serve Christ and speak of all he had seen. He lived a difficult life and one that not everyone could bear so well. But now you and I have the privilege of reading story after story after story of God’s faithfulness and transformation in the lives of both the Jewish people and Gentiles, as the apostle preached the promised message of hope. 

We are also called to bear witness to what we’ve seen. What have you seen today that speaks of God? What have you seen that you can share with others? What have others seen and shared with you that points you to the love of Christ?

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45 thoughts on "Paul’s Defense Before Agrippa"

  1. Ruth Long says:

    Hey Shes, quick prayer request, I’ve been on my time of the month for 45 days straight and have not stopped since. It is growing heavier and I’m not sure how much longer I can go. None of the doctor’s supplements have helped yet, so I’m now just waiting for God to heal me, to stop it. If any of you see this, could you pray for me?

  2. Margaret W says:

    At 7, he is weary and at his worst when he gets home. You probably are, too. I have found that I parent the best when I focus on developing a relationship with my children rather than forcing obedience. It flows so much better out of a good relationship. Maybe do a search for “gentle parenting resources,” and not necessarily Christian parenting resources. Some that call themselves Christian resources have nothing to do with building the character of Christ in us or in our children, sadly. Blessings on your journey with your son. ❤️

  3. Margaret W says:

    His appeal to Caesar kept him safe from those who would murder him, though, and gave him time to write many of the letters that became our New Testament. Whether Paul realized it or not, God had a plan…

  4. Claire B says:

    Tina good to “see” you. You have been consistent in your testimony and have blessed many who have lost children and loved ones. Thank you, it is always good to read your remarks.

  5. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    Thank you to all for your stories. Thank you for sharing. His is so Awesome! He sure can take anything we’ve done or things we’ve gone through and make them into a beautiful story. He’s done that for me. I’m so grateful. Keeping each one of you ladies collectively in prayer. God loves to listen to us.

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