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Acts 21:1-16 DON’T GO!

The Spirit gave this warning AND told Paul to go

We are with Paul on his final approach to Jerusalem. Everywhere he goes everyone is telling him the same thing; PLEASE DON’T GO!

Paul has had his face set towards Jerusalem for since the riot in Ephesus. It was a long and somewhat winding journey but it was always with Jerusalem as the final destination. Paul knew he was in for trouble when he got there but he went anyway. He didn’t know exactly what was going to happen once he got there. He was even prepared to die there. He would do whatever it was that the Lord had for him there.

On this leg of his journey we read about him being warned by several people. I am intrigued by Luke’s use of the phrase that “through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go to Jerusalem” (verse 4). This wasn’t once but twice in our reading today. He was also warned in previous stops along this journey. My question is, if he was being led by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem why was the Spirit also telling him not to go through others? Was God testing his resolve? Was he preparing him for what lay ahead? The last warning comes with a physical demonstration. “Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Pauls’ belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, ‘Thus says the Holy Spirit, “This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles”’” (verses 10b-11). Read more »