Can you do me a favour?

Can you do me a favour?

Acts 25: 3 “They requested Festus, as a favour to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way.”

Festus the new ruler wanted to start off well. He wanted to gain favour and if that meant he had to curry favour he would. This group of Jewish leaders are wanting Paul dead, it was obviously the 40 men who originally went for him plus by now many more. They used the situation of having a new leader to try and bend him towards their desires.

Can you do me a favour?

It made sense: It is easier to get one man to Jerusalem then everyone to go to Caesarea.

It was fair: They have already been down to Caesarea ???

It was good for relationships: When someone receives a favour then they are going to be supportive from thereon.

But hold on, there was something that Luke tells us that Festus wasn’t aware of that time. Along the road from Caesarea to Jerusalem they would have Paul killed.

Can you do me a favour?

Not everything that makes sense, is fair and is based on friendship is right.

Favours without questioning may end up causing you to be an accomplice to something you not only are unaware of but disapprove of.

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