Day 24: Flattery and Fabrication
Read Acts 24
Things are getting serious now as the Jewish leadership is set on convicting Paul. So they have called in one of their “big guys”, Tertullus, a skilled lawyer to present their case. This Tertullus opens his arguments with lavish flattery of the governor, Felix, saying Felix has brought peace and prosperity to the region. These are lies disguised as flattery. Instead, Felix was renowned amongst the Jewish population for his cruel brutality, even ordering the massacre of thousands of Jews. Tertullus, the flatterer, is now Tertullus, the fabricator. The two go hand in hand – flattery and lies. In spite of false accusations and the corrupt nature of the trial, Paul is unafraid. He has Jesus on His side. In all situations, never forget that you have Christ living in you, always ready to fight your battles!