Acts Chapter Twenty One part 2, A study of Acts 21:5 & 6, Acts 21:7 - 9, Acts 21:10 & 11, and Acts 21:12 - 14 with our Common Man's Commentary

Acts 21:5 & 6

"But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way. All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. After saying good-by to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home." NIV translation

Imagine the sight of this very large group of people kneeling on the beach to pray. Even as Paul continues his march to Jerusalem, he is still teaching the people on the way as well as us. Here we see once again how Paul knew the value of prayer and I am sure that the disciples that were on that beach with him understood as well.

Acts 21:7 - 9

"We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for a day. Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied." NIV translation

Paul and the group continued on their trip to Jerusalem and reached Caesarea where they stayed with Philip. This is the Philip that we are introduced to in chapter six when he was given the job of running the daily distribution of food to the widows.

We see, here, that he had four daughters that were prophets and this is a good lesson for those who say that women cannot be leaders in the "church". (For more on that topic, check out our study on women in Christian leadership.

Acts 21:10 & 11

"After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul's belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, 'The Holy Spirit says, "In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles."'" NIV translation

In this passage, Paul gets another warning about the persecution he is going to face. This time, the Holy Spirit is specific about who and how as it seems that God wants Paul to be prepared.

Acts 21:12 - 14

"When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, 'Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.' When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, 'The Lord's will be done.'" NIV translation

Once again, Paul has people trying to get him to listen to them instead of listening to the Holy Spirit. Although they have good intentions, they are trying to pull Paul out of God's will and that is not of God. This reminds me of what happened between Peter and Jesus (see Matthew 16:21-23) where Jesus went so far as to call Peter Satan for trying to go against God's will. Paul's answer to them is to teach them by letting them know that he is not only ready to be bound but, in fact, he is willing to die for the name of Jesus. It is amazing to watch God work and to see the people finally come to accept that God's will is what matters.

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