Vs. 10, “When the governor (Felix) motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: “I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense.” Paul would make his defense against the lies of Ananias & the Jews before Felix, but it would not be an easy road. Paul would spend over two years in prison and though the Lord had promised him he would go to Rome, Paul would find that God’s promises are not alway easy. Felix was kind enough to Paul to allow him to have members of the church care for him, but he would have Paul in prison for two years before he was succeeded from his position. Felix knew about the Gospel, but would not soften his heart to Paul’s message. He was so foolish as to hope that Paul would bribe his way out of prison and give Felix money. But Felix was a people pleaser and did not want to offend the Jews who wanted Paul dead.
Regarding application…Slander. Vs. 5-6, “We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.” Napolean once said, “He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.” The Jewish lawyer Tertullus did both! Not only did Tertullus slander, but he flat out lied! People who oppose the Gospel will stop at nothing to distort the truth or promote a lie…just like its ringer leader, Satan (Father of lies). The moment we begin to gossip & slander about others is the moment we are not influenced by God, but by Satan. But Paul would respond admirably in the face of lies. How do you respond when people slander you? Think of all the “momma” jokes & the fights that broke out because of them over the years. When people slander you, mock you, etc…let us respond in such a Godly way that we silence our enemies. Paul did not cower in fear, but rather stood up for himself & spoke truth!