Sunday, December 9, 2012

Acts 21

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?


Nathan Coupleton said...

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." (Acts 21:13 ESV)

I was thinking about how Paul said I am ready. This showed me that when you first get saved you won't have the faith to die. Faith grows as you grow closer to Christ. By this point in Acts Paul had enough faith in God to due for Him.
I'm goin to keep growing in my faith to get there too!

Carter Hinkle said...

37 As the soldiers were about to take Paul into the barracks, he asked the commander, “May I say something to you?”

“Do you speak Greek?” he replied. 38 “Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists out into the wilderness some time ago?”

39 Paul answered, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city. Please let me speak to the people.”

40 After receiving the commander’s permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the crowd. When they were all silent, he said to them in Aramaic[a]:

Who is Paul goin to speak to and why?. It said he spok to the crowd. Who was the crowed? (sory if im spelling badlye im tired because its 12:30 am)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Carter! This crowd was an angry mob who didn't like what Paul had to say. When prophets and the other disciples warned Paul earlier that they felt the leading from the Holy Spirit that Paul was in danger if he went to Jerusalem, Paul answered him that he was rejecting their advice not to go and he was getting leading that he was supposed to go. Perhaps both were getting true leading form the Holy Spirit. Paul WAS in danger (as we see he got arrested), but perhaps that was part of what Paul was intended, by God, to go through, in order to further the kingdom of God.

Do you ever feel like a rough time you're going through perhaps has a purpose in God's kingdom?

Paul must have been pretty courageous going through all that knowing that he was warned of the danger.