Bible Reading – Acts 21

Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem (21:1-14). The missionaries sailed from Miletus to Tyre. At Tyre the disciples repeatedly told Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem. When they came to Caesarea, they stayed with Philip (see 6:1-7). While the missionaries remained in Caesarea for a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea warning Paul of what would happen to him in Jerusalem.

Paul in Jerusalem (21:15-40). When the missionaries arrived in Jerusalem, they met with James and the elders. Paul explained in detail his ministry among the Gentiles but many Jewish believers had heard that Paul taught all the Jews (living among the Gentiles) to abandon the Law.  Therefore, to dispel these rumors, the Jerusalem leadership advised Paul to take a vow along with four other men thereby demonstrating that he lived in conformity to the Law. However, this resulted in a false accusation against Paul, namely, that he had brought Gentiles into the inner temple courts. The people seized Paul and were about to kill him when he was delivered by the commanding officer of the cohort. Learning more about Paul, the officer allowed him to address the people.

Practical Lessons: (1) Paul was ready to die for the Lord Jesus. Are we ready to die for the Lord Jesus? (2) False reports are effective demonic tools, but ultimately truth will prevail.