Happy Sunday everyone!
Paul on his way to Jerusalem stops at the city of Tyre. There many other believers tell Paul to not go to Jerusalem "through the Spirit". So if Paul was told by the Spirit to go, but not to by other's told by the Spirit, who should he listen to? This shows that we should be listening to God with our own ears rather than what others say. Paul continues his journey and stops in Ptolemais and is confronted by a prophet, Agabus, who binds Paul's arms and feet and tells Paul this will happen if he goes to Jerusalem. Paul goes anyway. Have you ever had to make a decision that was unpopular? Was it the right decision?
Paul goes into Jerusalem and perform the Nazarite vow so when he appears in Jerusalem, the Jews think he is keeping the law. Verse 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." In order to give the Gospel to someone, did you have to take a different approach? Can you present the Gospel the same way to everyone?
Paul's plan doesn't work and he is recognized and dragged out of the temple. They try to put him to death. Paul says....(we will hear about this next chapter!) Do we need to still hold the old traditions today? Why or why not?
Have you ever needed to make a hard decision?
How can you ask for God's help to make the right one?