Towards the end of Acts 23 we’re introduced to a Roman procurator by the name of Felix. Acts 24 gives us a more in depth look at this man and his character. Here are some surface level facts we learn about him from Acts 24:
Surface Level Observations:
- A Roman Governor (over the region of Caesarea). Verse 1b, They brought their charges against Paul before the governor.
- Able to keep peace in his designated area. Verses 2b-3a, "We have enjoyed a long period of peace under you, and your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation. Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix.”
- Familiar with Christianity. Verse 22, Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way.
- A judge in charge of Paul’s fate. Verse 22b, "I will decide your case."
- Lenient on Paul. Verse 23, He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs.
- Married. Verse 24, Later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess.
- Curious about Paul’s beliefs. Verse 24, He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.
- Fearful of what Paul said. Verse 25, As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you."
- Could be bribed. Verse 26, At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.
- A Jewish people pleaser. Verse 27, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.
These are just general observations. Next week, with your help, I want to go sub-surface into Felix’s character. So, I challenge you to read Acts 24 several times and deduct for yourself a character sketch of Felix. We’ll compare our findings next week.
*Also, I’ll be posting your findings into my blog next week. So, be sure to leave a comment sometime this week with what you find out about Felix.