Faith is required
1Kings 11 / Acts 24-26
11:9-13 The LORD was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the LORD’s command. So now the LORD said to him, “Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my laws, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants. But for the sake of your father, David, I will not do this while you are still alive. I will take the kingdom away from your son. And even so, I will let him be king of one tribe, for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, my chosen city.”
24:14-16 “But I admit that I follow the Way, which they call a cult. I worship the God of our ancestors, and I firmly believe the Jewish law and everything written in the prophets. I have the same hope in God that these men have, that he will raise both the righteous and the unrighteous. Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people.”
:24-26 A few days later Felix came back with his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish. Sending for Paul, they listened as he told them about faith in Christ Jesus. As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. “Go away for now,” he replied. “When it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again.” He also hoped that Paul would bribe him, so he sent for him quite often and talked with him.
OT Flash Points
God raised up enemies for Solomon, who had broken the covenant
Finally, Jeroboam would be given 10 tribes after Solomon
But he will carry those tribes into paganism
NT Flash Points
Paul tells his story to Felix
Pomp and bravado – self-promotion – currying favor and admiration – connected with politicians
(as seen in the movements of the Roman royalty as with Israel’s priests)
Jesus and His followers are foreign to that mindset
Political position sets the politician “above” all faiths.