Thursday, September 9, 2010

NIPTO, Day 214

Today... was a good day. As is every day pretty much.
Did school. For a long time. Talked to Kayt on facebook for a while. Ate lunch and watched some Chuck... did more school. Listened to The Dave Ramsey Show and did geometry... babysat from 3:30-6ish.  Came home and chilled... ate dinner, went on a long walk and took a ton of pictures, stopped at Kayt's house on the way home b/c Paige was there... Paige left and Kaytee and I talked for a while. Everything happens to her at once =/ Then we watched like 3 episodes of The Cosby Show.

Tomorrow I shall do school and hopefully talk to Kaytee for a bit before I have to babysit for my parent's small group!

NIPTO. I'm keeping it short. But I'm planning on posting something... differentish tomorrow. Hopefully. If I have time... =/

Acts 25:13-27
13A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus.14Since they were spending many days there, Festus discussed Paul's case with the king. He said: "There is a man here whom Felix left as a prisoner. 15When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and elders of the Jews brought charges against him and asked that he be condemned.

King Agrippa and Bernice (his wife?) came to Caesarea to pay respect to Festus. Since they were staying there for a while, Paul's case came up and they talked about it. He kind of blames Felix for leaving him as a prisoner. And then he when he went to Jerusalem, a bunch of people had charges against him. 

 16"I told them that it is not the Roman custom to hand over any man before he has faced his accusers and has had an opportunity to defend himself against their charges. 17When they came here with me, I did not delay the case, but convened the court the next day and ordered the man to be brought in. 18When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected. 19Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.

Festus explained to the Jews that it wasn't the normal, Roman custom to hand over someone before they had had a chance to defend themselves (Just like in Mafia... Oh the good ol' days =P). So the Jews came to Caesarea with Festus and the day after they got there got the court together and had this out. Kind of. The Jews got up to talk, but they didn't have what Festus thought they would have against Paul. There was no crime involved. It was all about their religion. And about some dead guy named Jesus that Paul thought was alive. 
Festus was like, "WOAH. This isn't my job."

20I was at a loss how to investigate such matters; so I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial there on these charges.21When Paul made his appeal to be held over for the Emperor's decision, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar."

Festus didn't really know what to do, so he asked if Paul would be willing to go to Jerusalem to go on trial there. But Paul appealed to be held until the Emperor made a decision. So Festus had him held until he could be sent to Caesar.

22Then Agrippa said to Festus, "I would like to hear this man myself." He replied, "Tomorrow you will hear him."

Agrippa wanted to talk to him and hear what he had to say. Festus assured him that he would hear him tomorrow.

Paul Before Agrippa 
 23The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high ranking officers and the leading men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24Festus said: "King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. 25I found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome. 26But I have nothing definite to write to His Majesty about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that as a result of this investigation I may have something to write. 27For I think it is unreasonable to send on a prisoner without specifying the charges against him."
Agrippa and Bernice came in with all the pomp and circumstance (;) that they were used to and were seated. Or something.
Festus ordered Paul to come in and he came in.
Festus then addressed Agrippa. And everyone else who was there. 
He basically told how everyone had wanted Paul to go on trial, saying he should die. Festus found nothing that deserved death, but Paul made his appeal to the Emperor, so that was granted.
But he didn't have anything definite to put into a report to the Emperor about him... so he brought Paul before the people so that he would have something to write. He thought it was unreasonable to send someone to the Emperor who didn't have any charges against them.

And thus concludes NIPTO, Day 214. 
Time to get ready for bed. School tomorrow. That's 'bout it.
I'll try to post in the afternoon... otherwise it's going to be another late night. It's probably going to be another late night anyways. Soo yeah. 
You'll see my words again tomorrow.
(I should do some kind of video post soon... hmmm... I'll have to think about that. Do you think it's a good idea? Lemme know:)

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