Saturday, April 13, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- April 13 - Text & Audio

Acts Chapter 21 verses 1 to 14  

When it happened that we had parted from them and had set sail, we came with a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
Having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard, and set sail.
When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left hand, we sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload her cargo.
Having found disciples, we stayed there seven days. These said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
When it happened that we had accomplished the days, we departed and went on our journey. They all, with wives and children, brought us on our way until we were out of the city. Kneeling down on the beach, we prayed.
After saying goodbye to each other, we went on board the ship, and they returned home again.
When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais. We greeted the brothers, and stayed with them one day.
On the next day, we, who were Paul's companions, departed, and came to Caesarea. We entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
As we stayed there some days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
Coming to us, and taking Paul's belt, he bound his own feet and hands, and said, "Thus says the Holy Spirit: 'So will the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and will deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'"
When we heard these things, both we and they of that place begged him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Then Paul answered, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
When he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, "The Lord's will be done."

Insight- The Apostle Paul was warned by the disciples at Tyre not to go to Jerusalem. Agabus, a prophet from Judea also warned Paul that persecution awaited him in Jerusalem. But Paul had already made up his mind to suffer persecution for Jesus Christ. He told his friends that he was not only willing to be bound, but also die at Jerusalem for the name of Jesus Christ.

Why did the Apostle Paul disregard the warnings given by believers who were led by the Holy Spirit?
Think about it.

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, Let me not disregard counsel given by the Holy Spirit through my brothers and sisters in Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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