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The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high-ranking military officers and the prominent men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
Agrippa in this story is King Agrippa the second, the great-grandson of King Herod the Great. Agrippa entered the huge audience room with tremendous pomp and audacity to meet with high-ranking officials of Caesarea. Bernice was his sister. History tells us they were living in an incestuous relationship. It was to these two arrogant peanuts the great Apostle Paul would be brought before to defend his pending status.
Let’s start with this boy’s great grandfather, Herod the Great. In Jesus’ day, Herod built huge arenas to gather hundreds and thousands of people at one time basically to worship him. He knew Jesus had been born six miles away but couldn’t visit the Christ child, while wise men traveled hundreds of miles to worship Him. Today, most people have never heard of Herod the Great, but 2.4 billion people follow Jesus. So now enter Herod’s punk great-grandson, Agrippa. St. Paul wrote about half of the New Testament. Billions of people have read his writings through the ages, yet he had to humble himself and plead his case before this pompous loser. I vote for Paul and all he represents in Christian history. As far as Agrippa #2 goes, “Big Deal, Who Cares!”
Like St. Paul of old, I want to cast my life at your feet regardless of the cost instead of yielding to the applause and approval of people. I’ve learned that the tide of public sentiment can quickly change while Your love never fails. Amen