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,

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43 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 21

  1. Verses 12-13 MSG “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?” Many just see the problem; but, God sees the big picture. We have to trust in Him at all times…..through the good and what we think is the bad. We cannot afford to jump to conclusions; but, trust and obey in my God who controls all things.

  2. 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.

    Paul was misunderstood by the people but educated in the law of God. Paul was told by the Elders what a great work he had done with the Gentiles. The people them accused him of teaching to forsake Moses law. Sounds like a modern day Pentecostal service all set in same service, some thought it was the greatest service they had ever been in others didn’t see a thing.
    Astounding, we need to see a book of acts revival in our midst to kick off a new building!
    God Bless POFW!

  3. Selfless , Passion, Obedience

    And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. 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. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done. (‭Acts‬ ‭21‬:‭12-14‬ KJV)

    When you get to the place of maturity and realize what life is truly all about, nothing can stop you from declaring truth so that people can be saved.
    Paul didn’t fear, he knew that time was short and he was on a mission.

    What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭31‬ KJV)
    Paul trusted and knew that The Lord was with him, all the way until his physical death. He never allowed his circumstances slow him down. Praise GOD!!! ……. I know of a man like this. Pastor Watts.

  4. iLove to eat More Word

    And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. (‭Acts‬ ‭21‬:‭4‬ KJV)

    As I read this, I shake my head. The Bible clearly says that the Spirit told him not to go to Jerusalem. A few scriptures later, and it says, “And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done. (‭Acts‬ ‭21‬:‭14‬ KJV)”

    One thing is for sure, Paul had an understanding of the Lord’s will. He was going to go to Jerusalem no matter who tried to stop them, even if it was God Who tried to stop him. This almost sounds like when Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane. We know that Jesus is the word of God. Jesus being The word of God, asked for the cup of suffering to be removed, but nevertheless the will of God prevailed. People were prophesying by the Spirit of the Lord for Paul not to go to Jerusalem, but once again the will of God prevailed.

  5. A NEW CREATION

    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,

    Paul was no longer that man, he was made a NEW CREATURE BY JESUS CHRIST WHO CHANGED HIM and to make sure they knew that he was changed he spoke to them in HEBREW…
    can’t wait for tomorrow to find out what he said, I know I can read a head and I know what he said but this way it fills my heart with an EXPECTANCY and that is always good when it comes to GOD, EXPECT THE BEST, YOU GET THE BEST.

  6. Acts 21:20 (KJV Strong’s)
    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:

    When reading this the word that came to my kind was celebrity.

    Paul was told on two separate occasions by two different prophets, by the Holy Ghost to not go to Jerusalem or he would be bound and taken.

    Paul seemingly ignores their warnings and goes any way. It’s as if Paul knows the response he will receive from the people. Everything is going good until he takes Gentiles into the temple, violates the Old Testament law that many still tried to live under, and gets cast into jail.

    We must not shun the word of the Lord in our lives. God places men of God there for a reason. Although we can see that God did take this situation and use it for his glory it is better for us to pray and ask God what we should do if we are told not to do something by a spiritual leader. God always has a better plan if we will obey, humble ourselves, and listen.

  7. Simple Obedience

    13 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?” MSG

    It seems such a simple concept. Obey. Do what you are told. This concept is engrained in us as children. We receive correction when disobedient yet when we become older the struggle with disobedience becomes part of our daily lives. We know as citizens there are consequences to disobedience. If we disregard traffic laws we receive fines or worse depending on the level of disobedience. If we ignore societal laws concerning private property we can be fined, arrested or jailed.

    Why do we not believe there are consequences to disobeying the laws of God? Is it because there is generally no immediate reaction from the Lord? Do we take advantage of His grace and mercy? If I get away with a lie today, I can likely get away with a lie tomorrow. I believe this is the difference. God’s mercy and grace afford people the time to consider their actions and repent. However, some people perceive this period of grace as a lack of consequence. In today’s society, silence implies consent is a concept of social interaction, which states roughly that people tend to assume the lack of response to an action as approval of that action.

  8. MORE PERSUADED

    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.

    The Apostle Paul is focused on the course and fixed on his purpose. Willing to give his life for JESUS the ONE that had already sacrificed. It is a humbling fact that there were people in the life of the Apostle that were protective of him and willing to keep him safe. However Paul was MORE PERSUADED than ever to fulfill his purpose in life and that was to preach the gospel of JESUS everywhere.

    We must be ready! Ready to give ourselves to the purpose of the Kingdom of GOD. Not my will, not my agenda, but yours LORD JESUS is my prayer.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
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  9. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy. (NLT)

    It’s easy to fall into the mindset of “i have to be married first, before i can used by God…That is just a lie to distract you, God can and will use you NOW. King Josiah became king at 8 years old, David was a small boy when he defeated Goliath. Yet we think once we are young adults and unmarried we are put on a waiting list to be used by God. That is not the case, He wants to use you MORE NOW.

  10. 10 Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. 11 He came over, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.

    Paul knew what was going to happen once he got to Jerusalem. No one chooses to suffer, but Paul had the Holy Spirit leading him and preparing him for what was to happen. Paul was obedient to the Holy Spirit and knew he had to go to continue spreading the Word of God.

  11. 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.

    Giving MORE and MORE (ALL)……..
    ALL WE NEED TO DO IS OBEY THE VOICE OF GOD. I’M SURE HE WANTS ALL =)

  12. 4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem

    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.

    I’m not sure if there was a significant time lapse between these verses that removed the warning from the Holy Ghost and gave the release to go into Jerusalem or if Paul was entering on his own agenda despite God. We need to be careful to follow Gods timing. His timing goes hand in hand with his will.

  13. 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.

    we must be ready to be persecuted and maybe even die for the cause of Jesus Christ. The is a lost and dying world that must hear the Gospel.

  14. 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.

    Although Paul had many warnings of what he would face in Jerusalem, he later writes in 2 Tim 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
    So, I believe he knew and obeyed the Lord’s will but was given the knowledge of what was ahead.

  15. 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.

    Gods timing is not our timing. It amazes me that they tarried there for seven days. In prayer mode for seven days. Waiting on God to lead them on where to go from here. Tarrying for an answer is a lost art in our society. With microwaves,fast food ,email and
    Eve4 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.

    Everyone always in a hurry to go here or there. Tarrying has become a lost art.with wifi,emails,microwaves and fast food i think sometimes we dont mean to but we try to rush God with answers and i know from experience that God is always on time and it doesnt pay to rush cause hes working thing out for our good. Wait on God trust , the ministry he has placed over you. God really does know everything and hes not out to hurt you hes there to help so if ya havent got your answer just like Pastor Watts said pray again,the bible says do your first works over.again and again….and if ya get bored or tired of witing remember there are plenty of lost souls all around uou going to a devils hell…. there is plenty of work to do while your waiting. Thank you Jesus for being my God. Forgive my impatience and bring hungry souls in my path.keep me prayerful.

  16. 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,

    Paul, one of the most highly regarded disciple, found himself in the midst of doing the will of God, being falsely accused, beaten, handcuffed, carried away and then in an instance, found favor with the captors that he was able to speak to the people.

    Even in situations that are not favorable that we found ourselves in, if we will be sensitive to the Spirit of the Lord, we will find an opportunity to share the gospel.

  17. And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. (‭Acts‬ ‭21‬:‭4‬ KJV)

    Sensitive to the Spirit but not only being sensitive but being able to obey the voice of God. When I obey the voice of God, great things happen. It’s best to obey than to sacrifice, the most beautiful thing of when God speaks to me is that He will also speak to my husband of the same thing as well. Always listen to the voice of God because He knows it all and will never fail us. Thank you Jesus for your voice Jesus 🙂

  18. 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?

    Even when Paul was almost killed by this crowd, he still wanted to speak to them to try and help them see the truth, and that’s what we need to do as well, even to the people who hate us

  19. V:13-14

    Ready to die

    An illustration of Paul’s determination for souls. It is interesting that verse 4 suggests that Paul had an option to go to Jerusalem. The contexts suggest that he was given a warning of what was to come. Here, again, he is warned. He is not detered from his objective. He is confident in his mission.

    May we all be as confident in our missions and as eager to lay our lives down for the Lord if required.

  20. 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.

    Prophecy fulfilled.

  21. When Agabus delivered the prophesy that if Paul returned to Jerusalem he would be bound, Paul did not fret, He was ready and willing to die for our Lord’s namesake. This is what we must prepare for as well. The signs are here that a similar opportunity will present itself for us to die for the Lord’s namesake.

  22. 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.

    How sad, that Paul would be kicked out of the temple all because of the assumptions of the Pharisees.

  23. Acts 21:10-13
    10, And as we tarried there many days, thee 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 won 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.

    Paul was “A Man on a Mission.” If we go back and read Acts 20, we will find that Paul was determined to go to Jerusalem for the Day of Pentecost. He spoke to the elders and in Acts. 20:22-24 he said, “And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing what shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
    Today verses show us, by the prophet Agabus, what will befall Paul in Jerusalem. But this nor the people begging Paul not to go, will not sway Paul from going. He has his mind made up. (He has already been kicked out of cities, beaten twice, and put in prison once, so he was not afraid what man could do to him.) He was not afraid, but he was determined and committed to the cause. He was not only ready to be bound, but to die for the name of Jesus.

    We at POFW are on a mission. We are here to be a witness and a light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the city of Fort Worth. We are here “Impacting Lives to Change the World.” Like Paul, be not afraid, but have your Minds Made Up, be Determined and Committed to the cause, the Mission, and do it with Joy (like Pastor said in our Leadership Class Tuesday night.)

    MORE Determination!
    MORE Committment!
    MORE Joy!

  24. Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered,What mean you to weep and to break my heart? for I am ready not to be bound only,but also to die at Jerusalem for the Name of the Lord Jesus.

  25. 24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

    Paul possed great leadership qualities. One word that just kept coming to mind as I read over again this chapter was determination. You must have a drive that pushes you to keep on going. What was that behind that kept him up after being stoned? What was way more important than his physical wellbeing? He had experienced a rebirth and was changed forever by God. This that gave him true liberty and real life abundantly in Christ. I guess I could not put it better that Paul’s own words of how he felt why this message, truth and salvation must be proclaimed all through the out.

    I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (‭Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭14-16‬ KJV)

  26. Act 21:13 — Act 21:14
    Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
    And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”

    This is the the love, passion, desire and trust that we should all have for Jesus. To be ready to give it all to God when the time requires it, is what I should strive for. To love the name of Jesus like Paul did should be outlr goal.

  27. Although it may seem ,witnessing to people and living for God people don’t listen or care. It should not bother us. God is in control . The race we run is understood to save the lost. Doing his will is what counts

  28. 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.

    When voices blur your judgement, it’s time to step aside and talk with the man in charge. My case it’s God.

    ” have a lil talk with Jesus make it right”

  29. Paul had to endure a lot of adversities for the sake of the Gospel. He to overcome their traditions and religion. He knew trouble oh so well……..

    When you speak the truth it sometimes hurts…..

  30. “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.” They was confusion as Paul the man of God (Jesus) had done no wrong. There was and will always be confusion and hate with the deceiver (satan), just as there will always be clarity and peace with God (Jesus). Dear God, let me see past the confusion and hate, and see your clarity and peace; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In God we trust”. “One nation under God”. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  31. 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.
    all filled with the Holy Ghost have the potential to serve in the gift of prophesy.

  32. When we arrived, the brothers and sisters in Jerusalem welcomed us warmly. (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭21‬:‭17‬ NLT)
    Warm welcomes are noticed even in the Bible. I am happy to say I am part of the hospitality team, a team that strives to make guests feel befriended and loved right when they walk into the front doors.

  33. 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.

    Here Paul was fulfilling his duty to the Lord and was not going to let anything small nor large stop him . We should give ourselves to the gospel and preach unto all nations and be a servant unto him and fulfill our true purpose in life .

  34. Sold Out

    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.

    This is the ultimate test of truly being sold out. Everyone there obviously believed the was Paul did and was if like faith but even they were not as committed to the gospel as Paul. This reminds me of the pig and the chicken. At breakfast time the chicken gives of itself but the pig is fully committed or sold out. We have something worth selling out for! Jesus is looking for those who truly understand that their lives are not their own but they are His who bought it at Calvary. The great price that he paid is enough for me to sell out.

  35. 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. (‭Acts‬ ‭21‬:‭13‬ KJV)

    Convictions.

    Paul’s convictions led him to say that he was going to go on at all costs. Other people of precious faith also went on at all costs. It reminds me of the Holocaust, of church bombings, and other tragic events. Some people went in knowing nothing of what was to come. Others were told “deny and live” but stood up for their convictions and many times died for them.

    Jesus help us all to have to faith to stand up for our convictions.

  36. 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,

    There was no stopping Paul from preaching the word. He sacrificed his life for the Lord. God trusted Paul, he had his back everywhere he went, I love you Lord, use me and guide me to do your Holy will.

  37. When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭21‬:‭12‬ NLT)

    For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus, For Paul didn’t care of going to Jerusalem despite of all the danger he was going to run into but by the Holy Spirit was not a result of rebellion but a obedient response to the command of the Holy Spirit in Paul’s heart, for Paul was bound in the Spirit to go to Jerusalem!!! In Jesus Name Amen!!!

  38. 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

    We see a great deal of commitment, loyalty and obedience to the will of God for the sake of the gospel. Even when the tide ahead is going to get high for Paul, the prophecy he recieves for Agabus doesn’t shake him. Paul was gentle with his rebuke, instead “he could not be dissuaded” (vs14). Jesus on the other had in Mark 8 was sharing the plans for his death and ressurrection and Peter rebuked him, trying to dissuade him. Instead “saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.” (Mark 8:33). Paul has the blueprint on how to handle this situation because Jesus incountered it himself. When people try to dissuade us from heading into deep waters, first we need to make sure it’s for the will of God and not self praise, second to not let anyone stop us, even the ones we love most. We cannot be shaken.

  39. Paul !!!! 39. But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tar’-sus, a city in Ci-li’-ci-a, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people. Acts 9 : 11 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 He’-brew tongue, saying, Acts 12 : 17 I LOVE YOU JESUS !!!! THANK YOU MY FATHER !!!! I WORSHIP YOU !!!!

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

    We need not fear standing on the witness of scripture . We have HIS PROMISES .

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