ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
PAUL APPEALS TO NERO CAESAR
CHAPTER 25 - Pages 1084 - 1085
Second Roman Trial
VERSE 1 Who arrived in the province as the next governor? ___________________________________________________
Josephus said Felix was replaced because the Jews accused him to killing them in Caesarea during their dispute with the Syrians: Now when Festus was sent as successor to Felix by Nero, the [Jews] went up to Rome to accuse Felix; and he had certainly been brought to punishment, unless Nero had yielded to the [Felix's brother's]....solicitations. Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, 8:8
VERSE 2 Festus went immediately to the Jewish headquarters in _________________________________ to decide what to do with Paul, still in prison.
NOTE: By this time, Agrippa, King of all the Syrian and Palestine territories, had given the high priesthood to Ismael, and the priesthood got even worse: And now arose a sedition between the high priests and the principal men of the multitude of Jerusalem ....The high priests had the hardness to send their servants into the thrashing-floors to take away those tithes that were due the priests [in the Law of Moses, but to be brought to the Temple, not seized in homes]; insomuch that it so fell out that the poorer sort of the priests died for want. To this degree did the violence of the seditious prevail over all right and justice. Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, 8:8
VERSE 3 Why did the religious leaders want Paul transferred back to Jerusalem? __________________________________
VERSE 9 When Festus got to Caesarea, he held a preliminary trial. Why did he decide to send Paul back to Jerusalem? ___________________ _______________________________________________________________
VERSE 11 Paul refused to go back to Jerusalem. Instead he used his right as a Roman citizens and said what? ___________________ _____________________________________________________________
VERSE 12 What was Governor Festus' reply? _________________________________________________________________
VERSE 13 What king arrived a few days later to visit Festus? _________________________________________
NOTE: This King Herod Agrippa Jr. was the son of the Herod Agrippa Sr. whose death was described in Acts 12. He had been brought up with Claudius Caesar who had become emperor just a few years earlier. When his father died, he was only sixteen years old. The year Felix became governor (about fourteen years later), he was given the kingship over Palestine and Syria, with governors under him. (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 19, 9:1)
VERSE 18 Festus explained to King Agrippa that Paul's accusers did not accuse him of _______________________________
VS. 19-20 Festus realized the real cause of the charges against Paul involved their religion and a dead man named
_____________________________ who Paul claimed _________________________________________________.
VERSE 23 Who accompanied King Agrippa during this entire visit with Festus? ____________________________________
NOTE: Bernice was Agrippa's sister and a widow at this time. But as for Bernice, she lived a widow a long while after the death of Herod [king of Chalcis] who was both her husband and her uncle....But when the report went that she [was committing incest] with her brother, she persuaded...king of Cilicia [in Turkey] to be circumcised and to marry her....Yet did not this matrimony endure long; but Bernice left Polemo...and the Jewish religion. Antiquities of the Jews Book 20, 7:3
VERSE 25 Preliminary to Paul's defense of himself, Festus said Paul hadn't done anything deserving of ___________________.
VS. 26-27 Festus wanted King Agrippa's help in writing a ___________________________ to Nero Caesar because it was unreasonable to send him without specifying what? ________________________________________________
CHAPTER 26 - Pages 1085 - 1086
VERSE 4-5 Paul said his accusers had known him _______________________________________________.
NOTE: In Acts 22:3, Paul said that, although born in Tarsus, he was brought up in Jerusalem, and had been trained by Gamaliel. Acts 5:34 said Gamaliel was a member of the Sanhedrin. It was the Sanhedrin that was accusing Paul. Most of them had probably formerly been his friends.
VS. 9-10 Paul admitted he'd formerly cast Christians (saints) into prison, and ______________________________________
____________________________ to put them to _______________________________________.
NOTE: This word translated voice in some versions and vote in some versions is from a Greek word meaning to speak out. For Paul to have been allowed a vote meant that apparently he had once been a member of the Sanhedrin himself, his former teacher (Gamaliel) being a senior member.
VS. 22-23 After Paul reviewed his own conversion, he said he wasn't teaching against the Jewish religion, but was just declaring that prophecies of their religion were fulfilled in who? ________________________________________________?
b. He then declared that Jesus had done what? _________________________________________________________
VERSE 24 Governor Festus interrupted at this point and told Paul he was what? ____________________________________
VERSE 26 Paul told Festus he had no right to interrupt, because Paul had the right to ________________________________
_____________________________ to King Agrippa.
VERSE 28 King Agrippa replied what to Paul? ________________________________________________________________
NOTE: The word in Greek translated "almost" or "shortly" indicates that he was close to becoming a Christian himself.
VERSE 32 King Agrippa told the governor what about Paul? ____________________________________________________
CHAPTER 27 - Pages 1086 - 1088
SHIPWRECK ON THE WAY TO ROME
VERSE 2 When the writer said "we" boarded the ship, that included Paul and at least one other person. Who would that be? ______________ ______________________________________________________________ (Remember Acts 1:1 and Luke 1:3)
VERSE 3 The ship landed at various ports, probably to pick up cargo and people. ______________, the centurion (in charge of 100 soldiers), allowed Paul to go ashore for what reason? ___________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
VERSE 7-9 Why did the ship make such slow headway? ________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________
NOTE: "The fast" referred to was the Day of Atonement. That was held in October. It was nearly too late in the season for ships to be at sea.
VERSE 12 The ship captain considered doing what in the harbor of Fair Havens (see also v. 8)? _______________________ But it was ___________________________, so they decided to try to reach what other port? _________________
VS. 13-14 What happened to threaten the ship? _______________________________________________________________
VERSE 16 What did the sailors have trouble securing on board the ship? ___________________________________________
VERSE 17 What did the sailors do to try to hold the ship together? _______________________________________________
VS. 18-19 What did they throw overboard to try to save the ship? ________________________________________________
VERSE 20 What did everyone on board finally conclude? ________________________________________________________
VERSE 27 How long did the storm last? _____________________________________________________________________
VERSE 30 When they finally got close to shore somewhere, what did some of the sailors do? __________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________
VERSE 32 How did the soldiers respond? ____________________________________________________________________
VS. 33-38 Why did Paul urged everyone to eat? _______________________________________________________________
b. Was he embarrassed to give thanks for the food in public?_____________________
c. How many were on board? _______________________________
VS. 42-43 What did the soldiers want to do before leaving what remained of their ship? _____________________________
VERSE 44 How did people get to shore? _____________________________________________________________________
CHAPTER 28 - Pages 1088 - 1089
VERSE 1 They found out this was the island called _______________________________________.
VS. 2-6 When Paul helped build a fire, a ___________________________ from the wood bit him. When he didn't die, what did the people decide? _________________________________________________
VERSE 9 What did Paul do for the people? _________________________________________ Did any of the others help him do this? ___________________________________
VERSE 11 How long did they stay on the island before setting out for Rome again? _________________________________
VERSE 14 When they landed at Puteoli, Italy, Paul was allowed to look for who? ___________________________________
VERSE 15 The Christians brothers heard the news and traveled to where to meet Paul? ______________________________
b. At the sight of the brothers from Rome, what did Paul do? _________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________
NOTE: Remember, Paul had written them what we now call the book of Romans in the New Testament. In it he said how much he longed to see them some day. His wish was at last coming true, though not perhaps the way he'd planned.
VERSE 16 In Rome, Paul was again put under house arrest, with his own home, and only _______________ Romans soldier guarding him.
VS. 17-20 When did Paul send for the Jewish leaders in Rome? _________________________________________________
VERSE 23 What did Paul use to try to convince the Jews their promised Savior had come and he was Jesus?
VERSE 24 What was the Jews' response? ____________________________________________________________________
VERSE 30 For how long was Paul under house arrest? _________________________________________________________