Acts 26. Paul gave his testimony, recounted his early life, his conversion and his life as a Christian. Festus shouted “Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad” but Agrippa said “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”
Ezra 5. The restoration of the Temple was resumed.
Ezra 6 records the Decree of Darius and the Temple’s completion and dedication, after which the Passover was celebrated.
Ezra 7. Finally Ezra arrived in Jerusalem and the letter from Artaxerxes to Ezra is recorded .
Today we read one chapter in the Acts of the Apostles, and two chapters in 1 Kings.
May 14: Acts 25, 1 Kings 2, 1 Kings 3, (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Acts 25. Paul stood trial before Festus, and Festus found that as the charges were all religious he suggested sending Paul to Jerusalem, but Paul Appealed to Caesar. To finalize the charges Paul then went before King Agrippa and client Queen Bernice (Festus could find nothing chargeable according to Roman Law on his own).
1 Kings 2. David gave his final instructions to Solomon, to whom he should show kindness and to whom he should not, and then David died. Solomon Executed Adonijah, exiled Abathar, executed Joab and Shimel, and showed kindness to the ones that had helped David. The kingdom was then firmly secured as Solomon’s.
1 Kings 3. Solomon Requested wisdom,and got it as well as great riches. Solomon then showcased his wise judgment.