Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 21
Dear brothers and sisters,
In the Bible study on the 21th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:
- On to Jerusalem
- Paul’s arrival at Jerusalem
- Paul arrested
- Paul speak to the crowd
On to Jerusalem
They traveled and after some time landed in Syria where they met disciples, where they stayed for 7 days. Through the Holy Spirit they urged Paul not to travel to Jerusalem. They continued their travel and reached Caesarea, where they stayed at the house of Phillip the evangelist which had 4 daughters which prophesied. When they were there for a couple of days a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. He took the belt of Paul and held it with his own hands and feet and said to them that the Holy Spirit told him, that in this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and hand him over the the gentiles. Yet again, everyone urged Paul not to go to Jerusalem, but he told them all that he was ready not only to be bound, but even to die in Jerusalem in the name of the Lord Jesus. He wanted the Lord’s will to be done. I have deep respect that Paul was given more than enough chances to not go, but he felt in his heart that it was his time to go there and was willing to die for God. We should also be willing to lay down our life’s for God.
Paul’s arrival at Jerusalem
When they were in Jerusalem they went and meet James, and all the elders were present. Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done amongst the gentiles through his ministry.
They also informed Paul that Jews were telling that he was telling Jews that they should turn away from Moses and not have their children circumcised. They told Paul that there were 4 man that have taken a vow and told him to join in their purification rites and pay their expenses to show the Jews that the stories were not true and that Paul was living in obedience of the law.
And for the gentiles they decided that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the blood of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.
When the 7 days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple and were putting the Jews against Paul, claiming that Paul was teaching everywhere against their laws.
See how some people will do everything to disturb God’s work and even try to hinder the ones that work for God. They put their own laws higher then God and were willing to kill Paul for it.
The news reached the commander of the Romans that heard that there was an uproar and arrested Paul and put him in chains. The romans asked what he had done, but could not get a good answer, so they took him to their barracks. See, how God made sure that Paul was not killed.
Paul speaks to the crowd
He asked the commander to address the crowd. He allowed it after Paul made it known that was not an Egyptian that started a revolt. For some reason they thought that Paul was guilty of this. But after he explained that he was a jew, he got permission to address the crowd. When the became silent he addressed them in Aramaic.
See my Bible study on Acts 22 for what Paul spoke to the crowd.