They asked Festus as a favor to transfer Paul to Jerusalem (planning to ambush and kill him on the way).
- When I read this detail - that there was another plot to kill Paul - I am impressed by the level of knowledge and research that Dr. Luke displays. I wonder how closely he was associated with these events himself? Was he among the friends that lived with Paul at Caesarea and tended to his needs during his confinement?
Acts 25:12 (NLT)
Festus conferred with his advisers and then replied, "Very well! You have appealed to Caesar, and to Caesar you will go!"
- earlier Paul expressed a desire to visit the believers in Rome. He is now officially on the way, though probably not in the wa he'd imagined. By exercising his rights as a Roman citizen he has provided the governor with a way to pass on this messy situation to someone else. An opportunity no good bureaucrat could pass up.
- Isn't it fascinating that although Paul is technically a prisoner, he has been able to live and communicate openly with friends during this time, no doubt continuing his preaching and teaching, and he has been given opportunities to present the gospel to governors and kings!