Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
(For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him previously, and they assumed Paul had brought him into the inner temple courts.) Acts 21.29
How often do you assume too much? Instead of asking the simple question “Why?” or “What?”, you jump to the wrong conclusions, many times, causing not only yourself, but others great sorrow, not to mention confusion.
Paul had returned to Jerusalem. He had taken a vow along with four others. He had gone to the temple to give notice of the day when their purification would be completed, when the sacrifice would be offered for each of them.
Having almost completed the days of purification, some Jews from the province of Asia, having seen Paul in the city with Trophimus, who was a Greek from Ephesus, stirred up the people. They falsely accused Paul of having brought Greeks into the inner courts of the temple. They assumed that since Paul was seen with Trophimus in the city, Paul had also taken him into the inner courts of the temple making it unclean ritually.
What followed was an angry mob that tried to kill Paul by beating him. When soldiers arrived, the commanding officer was unable to get to the truth because of the disturbance. Paul had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the mob.
All because someone assumed the wrong thing.