Acts 21

The ever moving Apostle Paul then traveled to Cos, Rhodes, Patara, Phoencia, Syria and ultimately landed at Tyre. He stayed with the disciples 7 days with the disciples. The disciples told Paul not to go to Jerusalem but he said farewell and departed.

Then he was on to Ptolemais, and then Caesarea where he stayed with Philip the Evangelist one of the 7. A prophet there also told Paul he would be bound and handed over to the Gentiles once he arrived in Jerusalem. Paul undeterred pressed on.

Paul arrives at James house where Paul tells everyone of what God had done through his ministry. Then James tells Paul the Jews believe Paul is telling the Jews who live amongst the Gentiles to abandon the Law of Moses, not circumcise their children nor hold to the customs. So they suggest Paul go to the Temple with fur men who shaved their heads as a purification vow to demonstrate Paul has not spoken nor taught against Moses.

But when the vow was almost over the Jews from Asia in the Temple saw Paul and began to stir up the people shouting,

“Men of Israel, help! This is the man who instructs everyone everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides, he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place!”

The people came to drag Paul out of the Temple to kill him, but the news reached the Roman commander who sent a soldiers to rescue Paul.

Paul asked the Roman commander to let him address the people which Paul began to do in Hebrew.

[Teaching point: an elaborate story of the flesh warring against the spirit.]


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