Paul knew the entire effort was a political game. Neither Festus, Agrippa, nor any other judge really cared about Paul’s behavior. They were simply trying to appease the Jewish leadership. Israel was a stubborn group and were a headache to all the roman leadership. So, Paul kept leveling his arguments both carefully and clearly. The bottom line–Paul was headed to Rome.
Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, not to be anxious but pray. He said learn to be content in all circumstance because we can do and overcome all things through Christ that protects and provides. Paul knew what lie ahead. He knew it was predetermined. He, like the Lord, simply had to trust and follow God to the end.
We are called to do the same. We are to pray rather than worry. We are to be content rather than long for what we do not have. We are to trust even when it is scary, and we are to love even when it does not get returned. That is the calling, and if we will honor God, then that will lead us to a great end just like Paul.
God Bless You
Now three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. 2 And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him, 3 asking as a favor against Paul[a] that he summon him to Jerusalem—because they were planning an ambush to kill him on the way. 4 Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea and that he himself intended to go there shortly. 5 “So,” said he, “let the men of authority among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them bring charges against him.”
6 After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 7 When he had arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him that they could not prove. 8 Paul argued in his defense, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I committed any offense.” 9 But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?” 10 But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well. 11 If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.” 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”