The difficulty of judging

The difficulty of judging

Acts 24:20 “Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin.”

Paul is on trial before Felix accused by the Sanhedrin’s lawyer of being a troublemaker, of stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world and a desecrator of the temple.

There was no evidence for any of these accusations and Paul points out that the ones who initially made up these lies were not there.

So he then refers to the time Claudius the Commander took him to the Sanhedrin, to the people who were standing there now behind Tertullus their lawyer. What crime did they find in him then? Well he knew the only offence was his outspokenness to Ananias, the High Priest, but Felix would soon judge their provocation and response to that was far too much, so they would hardly bring that up as a crime.

You see friends the lesson is simple, don’t stand on the side of the prosecution if you cannot give evidence of the crime nor state it because you yourself would not survive the cross-examination. Jesus stated it well when he said make sure the log is taken out of your own eye before you start complaining about the speck in someone else’s.

Judging is really difficult and it is best left to God.

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