The Prosecution's Case

Acts 24:1–9 (NKJV)

1 Now after five days Ananias the high priest came down with the elders and a certain orator named Tertullus. These gave evidence to the governor against Paul.
2 And when he was called upon, Tertullus began his accusation, saying: “Seeing that through you we enjoy great peace, and prosperity is being brought to this nation by your foresight, 3 we accept it always and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. 4 Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you any further, I beg you to hear, by your courtesy, a few words from us. 5 For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. 6 He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, and wanted to judge him according to our law. 7 But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him out of our hands, 8 commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him.” 9 And the Jews also assented, maintaining that these things were so.

Acts 24:1-9

The high priest made the journey from Jerusalem to Caesarea, and brought an orator–perhaps similar to a modern-day attorney–to plead their case. This is the only reference to Tertullus in the Bible. He presented their accusations, including creating dissension, profaning the temple, and being a leader of the Nazarenes (Christians). They complained that Lysias, the commander of the garrison in Jerusalem, had taken Paul away and brought him to Felix to be judged. The Jews with Tertullus all confirmed his accusations, and the prosecution rested. These accusations were charged with religious sectarianism, and perhaps were not even the purview of the Roman governor, but before him they were leveled. Paul’s response will be addressed in the next blog. The Jews brought an orator, Tertullus, thinking that the Roman governor would be persuaded by his mastery of speaking. They did all that they could, perhaps sparing no expense, in order to put down this “insurrection” propagated by Paul. The enemy will bring his best when he comes for you, but do not be dismayed. Words, sound, and fury, will not overcome the child of God. Let them present their case, with orators and experts. God will speak for you!

Artwork from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tertullus

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