Acts 21.27-36

Not for the first time (or the last) trouble again finds Paul (v.27). Accusations are thrown at him that are strikingly similar to those thrown at Stephen in 6.13 (v.28) and, if we look closely, accusations that are made without actually knowing what was happening (v.29).

Paul sees the prophecy of 21.11 coming true before his eyes, and most probably a bit more vociferously than he would have liked (v.31). A scene of total chaos ensues and Paul is removed for his own good (vv.32-36).

Knowing this was coming, Paul must have had an absolute iron will. Choosing to look past two human warnings of ‘Don’t go there Paul’ can’t have been easy. Paul must have had the most willpower of any person, ever.

Or, Paul knew that his point for going to Jerusalem and being severely mistreated was serving a higher purpose. Paul was either the most single-minded person to have ever lived, or, Paul was absolutely resolute in his knowledge that there was a bigger picture in play.

As he begins to address his accusers, we will see which.

Today, before he does, take a moment to consider whether the moves you are making in your life are of your own planning or whether they fit into the Lord’s bigger picture.

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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