In our study of Acts chapter twenty four, we continue with Paul on his way to testify about Jesus in Rome. Here, he is put on trial in the city of Caesarea before the governor.
"Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor." NIV translation
Five is the number of grace throughout the Bible and we are reminded of that grace in the fact that God rescued Paul from those that were going to kill him.
Five days after he was sent to Caesarea, the religious rulers showed up with their prosecutor to present the case against Paul.
"When Paul was called in, Tertullus presented his case before Felix: '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, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude. But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.'" NIV translation
The prosecutor begins his case against Paul not with any charges but with flattery to the governor. He really lays it on thick as he kisses up to the governor. He really knew that he didn't have a case against Paul but he was hoping for a guilty verdict as a favor. That is much the same way that Satan will use people to attack us as children of God. Usually, it will not be a direct attack but instead will be a distortion or distraction from the truth.
"'We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. But the commander, Lysias, came and with the use of much force snatched him from our hands and ordered his accusers to come before you.'" NIV translation
The prosecutor finally gets down to the charges that they are bringing against Paul. Really there are no specific charges only general accusations. He also tells Felix that they had the matter under control until the commander stepped in and that is why they are there. He doesn't really give any facts of the case and that is typically how the devil and his demons work.