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What did Festus mean when he said to Paul “Too much learning is driving you insane!” in Acts 26:24?

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  • What did Festus mean when he said to Paul “Too much learning is driving you insane!” in Acts 26:24?

    What did Festus mean when he said to Paul “Too much learning is driving you insane!” in Acts 26:24 ?


    Lou Newton

    Former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    Acts 26 NIV

    22 But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen— 23 that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”

    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.”


    25 “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. 26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

    28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

    29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

    Festus was smart man and could see that Paul was vey intelligent. Paul had a very high IQ and God used this gift He gave to Paul to allow Paul to see many secrets of the Kingdom of God.

    But when Paul said Jesus had risen from the dead, Festus could not accept that any man could rise from the dead and so called Paul insane.

    Festus should have considered the whole argument that Paul presented. It was a very good legal argument. It showed that Paul could not be insane and present all this. Festus should have considered; what if Paul is right and Jesus did rise from the dead. What harm could come from seeking God and asking Him to reveal the truth to him. If Festus had done so. God would have revealed the truth to Festus.

    Psalm 25:5 ESV

    Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
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