Acts 26:24 “At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”

  1. Using your left hand to shake hands
  2. Opening gifts as soon as they are given.
  3. Showing the soles of your feet.
  4. Crossing your legs.
  5. Arriving on time v arriving late.

All the above are examples of rudeness within cultures. Often those who go outside of their cultures end up being rude without realising it and it is very funny and no offence is taken. But then there is rudeness that the whole world would agree on, the one that Festus indulged in. So here are 5 more rude examples and lessons to be learnt from the outburst of Festus.

  1. The rudeness of interruption.

King Agrippa had given Paul permission to defend himself and so Paul was in the middle of his speech talking to the King, not to Festus, when he is interrupted by Festus.

The lesson is this: Wait your turn, it will come, don’t steal someone else’s.

  1. The rudeness of noise:

Festus waded in to Paul’s defence shouting. Interestingly his accusation of Paul fitted himself. Was Paul deaf? Was Festus angry and so raised his voice? I don’t believe so. He was shouting for the benefit of the crowd.

The lesson is this: Do not let your focus be on trying to please the crowd.

  1. The rudeness of false praise:

Festus would have seen Paul with his books and parchments, he would have heard him expound on the Prophets and the Law of Moses. Paul was indeed a learned Pharisee. Paul knew more about the Jewish religion than he did. Festus was being truthful, he acknowledged it but he certainly didn’t recognise it.

The lesson is this: It is best not to notice than to notice and then disregard or disrespect it.

  1. The rudeness of insult:

Festus cannot be accused of being ambiguous. Everyone heard and knew what he thought of Paul. Paul was suffering from insanity, he was not normal.

The lesson is this: Don’t label people ever.

  1. The rudeness of assumption:

Festus not only knew Paul was mad but he knew how he became mad. His great learning had turned him mad. My friend is doing a maths qualification and in his exam he needs to show his working out of the equations as a way of being tested.

The lesson is this: You may be wrong in your conclusion. But you may also be wrong in your working out of that conclusion. The journey is often more important than the destination.

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