Acts Chapter 21

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Acts 21

1 And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:

2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.

3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.

4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.

6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.

7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.

8 And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.

11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.

16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.

17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.

19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.

22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.

23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.

29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.

31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.

33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.

34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.

35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.

36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.

37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?

38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?

39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.

40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

29 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 21

  1. 25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

    26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

    27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

    28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.
    – Everything around us is kinnda like a test he puts us in that place so he can see if were capable of passing it or to see what we need work on the most..not giving in to the world and being the light in this dark cold world.no one can stop us or make us do anything we don’t wont we have to be whiling and committed to the LORD our SAVIOR
    He’s slowly showing us and putting us in our place were he wonts us to be so he can use us to do what were called to do. and those around us
    THANK YOUU JESUS!!! FOR YOU ARE GREATLY TO BE PRAISED ❤

  2. 14. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    We should be careful that we don’t try to persuade our brethren to do something other than what they know to be God’s will.

  3. 12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Paul was determined to go to Jerusalem, to deliver a message from God.
    It did not matter what people said, he already knew the danger, but was ready to go and do the WILL OF GOD.
    If we could be determined to do the will of God like Paul was, we could see great things. I pray to God that he would help me to be more determined to do his will, no matter the cost.

  4. Growth in prayer.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Has our pray life grown in similar fashion as our relationship with the Lord? If not, we should examine our pray life. I have found that years ago most of my prayers were centered on what was going on my life or what I was directed to pray. Some of my intent was to persuade the Lord to bend His will to fit my plan, wants and/or needs. Not only was this selfish it was immature; thus the thought of prayer progression.

    Relationships should progress. If Tammy and I were still the same people with the same relationship we had in our first year of marriage we would be very unhappy people. I am an only child who was very selfish; teaching an only child to share is a hard task as there is no one to share with. Tammy is one of six. She knew what a relationship where people shared things, thoughts, daily activities, etc… was supposed to be.

    Our prayer life should also evolve. Our self-centered pray life should mature. I have found praying for God’s will to be done and help me to understand His ways is a much more productive prayer than Lord I need.

  5. iLove to eat the Word

    Paul was warned of the Holy Ghost several times by several people of his fate if he headed to Jersualem. To the carnal person this would appear as if God was trying to warn you to stay away from Jersualem, but to Paul, he knew the still small voice of God and therefore he pushed forward.

  6. 40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

    This is a great verse for why we shouldn’t yell to get others to stop talking. Paul was in a place where he was going to die because people yelling and screaming. Screaming Paul would have not been able to accomplish anything but making others angry. A cup of water on the ground is nothing in a downfall, but when there is no rain, you see the effects of the water on the ground.

  7. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
    Be careful on what and how you let something or someone persuade you to do something that is wrong and against the will of God.

  8. 12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Do not allowed other peoples fears and insecurities keep you from doing the will of God.

  9. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Sometimes you just have to stop and surrender. Whether it’s our own situation or another’s that we’re interceding for. We aren’t God, we are merely servants in His kingdom. It’s not up to is to guide and plan the will of a life. Just trust God and let Him have full control.

  10. ARE YOU READY

    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Paul expresses his faith in JESUS, by acknowledging the warnings of the prophets, however he has prepared himself for the worst case scenario to have opportunity to further spread the gospel of the name of JESUS.

    The apostle Peter teaches us in his epistle (letter) to the church:

    1Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

    A LIFE in FAITH lives by the gospel and grace of the LORD JESUS and we trust our every move to HIM for the name of JESUS sake. We are his vessels, instruments in HIS hand and we are called to be ready to witness at any time, in any circumstance, to anybody. ARE YOU READY.

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    iWork
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    iReap

  11. 11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

    What a strange way to send a message O.o I guess we can’t rule out out of the ordinary things when it comes to God speaking to us, after all, he did talk through a donkey! Praise God for signs and warnings, messages. I’m thankful that he cares enough to speak to us 🙂

  12. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Paul was made aware through prophetic word of what his future was to hold, yet he was willing to suffer and die for the gospel that he preached. His testimony is a great witness to everyone.

    Is it true today that we would be willing to die for the gospel sake? Can our testimony convict of us of being a holy ghost filled christian, carrying out the command of the Lord? Go, teach, preach the good news to all. The great commission is for everyone. We must be about our Father’s business. Time is short. Who can I reach today for Jesus?

  13. 40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

    Even though Paul was beaten so badly he had to be carried, he wanted the chance to speak to the Jews. He knew ahead of time he would be walking into his death-being forwarned, yet he was still desiring to preach Jesus to the Jews & win over all that could be persuaded. A righteous man’s steps are ordered by the Lord & there will be souls in need until the Lord returns.

  14. No Fear

    As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says:‘In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. ’” When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, remarking, “ The will of the Lord be done

    It would seem that most people hearing about such a fate would run the other way. Yet Paul knew something about the will of God. He was the one who pinned the words

    Romans 8: 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose

    Paul understood that God was on his side, and whatever was happening was going to be fulfilling the will of God more perfectly.

    Paul embraced the trial, and exhibited no fear.

    Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

    God is in control, and in charge. He only reigns supreme as the only holy potentate. The devil is on a leash, and there is nothing in the universe he does not have power over.

    As his children we can trust, and believe that he isn’t going to walk away from us. The trial doesn’t reveal his absence, but his presence.

    Hebrews 13:4b…He Himself has said, “ I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

  15. 30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.

    Gods truth can move cities! It will shake up tradition! Everyone took notice when Paul spoke even though they may not have agreed. He bravely spoke the word of God and whole cities were stirred. Paul was not a one man show either, he worked with the disciples in each town. They all played a part even if seemingly insignificant.

  16. This chapter should be titled….”Faithful till the End”, Paul was definately devoted and committed to our Savior Jesus Christ. He was obviously a changed man, being a zealous Jewish born of customs and religion, unto being truly born again in Christ Jesus, but still keeping his zealousness but in the right direction. “The One True Way”.

    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
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    He used wisdom too, in reminding the people of his past life, and indicating he was as they were. But, has been changed by our Lord Jesus Christ. Giving witness of a changed life, in this he could lead others to Christ Jesus. I believe, this was the only reason he spoke with the foreknowledge of the accomplishment he could achieve for Christ Jesus this one more time, with a great crowd listening. Once Paul was changed, he was all about winning souls and being a true witness, to give God glory, Amen.

    40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

    “Be Blessed”…………………………………………..

  17. How far are you willing to go for God? We see here that Paul was ready to die. What an inspiration to see this. This just goes to show thatcher have gotten soft and that we need to realize also that theses days are coming back.

  18. Vs.10, “And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judea a certain prophet named Agabus.”
    Vs.11, “And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s gridle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.”
    Vs.12, “And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.”
    Vs.13, “Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

    Before Paul’s (Saul’s) conversion, he was ALL IN to persecuting, imprisoning, and killing the christians. (Nothing held him back). But when the Light of Jesus shined on Paul (Saul), he became a new creature in Christ, and he was ALL IN to being a witness for Jesus Christ. (Nothing held him back). He was not only ready to be bound but to die for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    The question is “What holds us back today from being ALL IN for Jesus?” Intimidation? Fear? We need to pray and take authority over the spirits of Intimidation and Fear. We need to pray and release the spirit of BOLDNESS.
    Jesus Christ was ALL IN to us and gave His ALL for us. (Nothing held Him back). We need to be ALL IN for Jesus and let Nothing hold us back.

  19. No FEAR, when full of the Holy Ghost!

    When we heard that, we and everyone there that day begged Paul not to be stubborn and persist in going to Jerusalem. But Paul wouldn’t budge: “Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You’re looking at this backward. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can’t you see that?” (Acts 21:12, 13 MSG)

    We mustn’t forget that if God be for us who can be against us!

    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)
    When circumstances like that arises, stand firm on The Lord’s word! People may not agree with your belief in God, and why you live the way you do. But in all things they are looking at you at all times. Give them a reason to believe in the ONE and TRUE living GOD! You are your own living testimony! What is your life saying about you…. But most of all what is your life saying about GOD?

  20. v13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jersualm for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Paul recognized that his power and authority to do the work he was called to do was in the name of JESUS.
    We can ask anything in HIS name and confidently receive the answer .
    The name of JESUS is the key to the power and authority of GOD,
    So we like Paul acknowledge HIS name continually and die daily for HIS NAME.
    Without question, the LORD has called us to be witnesses of HIS NAME and stand for
    JESUS CHRIST.

    iRepent
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    iStand for HIS NAME JESUS

    ” And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do
    all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to GOD and the Father by him”
    Colossians 3:17

  21. “The will of the Lord be done”. Although cautioned Paul pursued. There may come a time when one is compelled to pursue, if it is the will of the Lord (Jesus) one should, whereas if it is not, one should not. As such one would be wise to pray and seek God (Jesus), and also heed the man of God first. What a mighty God we serve, thank God for his word! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  22. Following The Will Of The Lord

    12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Not everyone will understand what God has called us to. Even those we expect to support us may try to oppose what God called us to because they don’t share the vision the way we have it. We must be prepared to endure the heartbreak of loved ones who try to persuade us away from God’s will out of a lack of understanding. On the flip side, we must be willing to yield and say, “The will of the Lord be done,” when we face situations with others we don’t understand. Just because we don’t agree doesn’t mean it’s automatically not God’s will. Following God’s will is not about our understanding as much as our obedience. If we will flow with Him, it will turn out how it needs to.

    Romans 8:28
    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

  23. The power of prophesy

    11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

  24. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    What does it take to persuade us to cease from continuing in the will of God. Our minds should be made up before the testing comes.

    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, -Romans 8:38
    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:39

  25. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    A made up mind will go far. We could say that Paul was a “souled” out man. At any cost he was gonna do the will if the Lord despite what others came and told him. He knew the Word, and the voice of God to follow and accomplish the Will of God. He will not be persuaded away from the call God had placed in his life. This pretty much can be a character thing about Paul a strong willed man, used in the right way in the Kingdom of God.

    James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

  26. Acts 21:23-25 Paul’s principle of life among Jews was one of accommodation. Among the Jews he became as a Jew as long as the principle of grace was not at stake( 1 Cor.9:19-22). A Servant Unto All
    9:19 Liberty And Responsibility
    Believers should act responsibly in exercising their liberty if they wish to be most effective in service to Christ.

  27. Ready set Go

    Acts 21:13 (NASBStr)
    Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

    Paul was ready to die for the faith. Some people say they will die for Jesus but don’t live for him. How can one die for something they don’t live for? Whatever you are living for is what you are dying for. It’s practically the same thing.

    In prison is where Paul wrote most of his letters. What would have happened of he never got locked up? In life, we must be ready to follow God, set down our desires, and go toward the desires of God. His way is best.

  28. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    We should never have the mindset of having things done on our time/our way. We should be fully dependent on the will of The Lord. His timing is perfect. Stop trying to be the god of your own life.

  29. Danger!

    When we read of Paul’s profound awareness of the risk ahead, we might wonder why he keeps pressing forward. The signs are posted: Danger Ahead! Yet Paul continues on the journey comissioned to him. Vs 5 says “But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way” He recognizes that he is running on the Lord’s timing, and if the Lord is preparing the way for him then he will go. Paul has a can do attitude, and nothing will stop him. The man is on fire, Holy Ghost fire. Moving onto a new voyage in life will lead us into snags. Something which Agabus, a Judean prophet, makes painfully clear. He will be bound hand and foot by the Jews in Jerusalem and given to the Gentiles.

    All the people respond out of the natural flesh. They plead with Paul not to go to Jerusalem. A very similar event happened in the life of Jesus: “21From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (Matt 16:21-23). However, Paul makes his decision clear. He sees the warning signs too, but there is no turning back. He will be bound; he will be imprisoned; later, he will even die for living for Jesus (Ac 21:13; 2Ti 4:6-8).His declaration rings down through the centuries, giving boldness and courage to believers from every age who face discouragment, persecution even death.

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