My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Acts 21

Bow Chicka Wow Wow!

So they went to Jerusalem, stopping at Tyre for a bit. In Caesarea Paul stayed with Philip and his hot daughters, and a prophet predicted that Paul would be handed over to the Gentile authorities in Jerusalem. But Paul went to Jerusalem anyway.

Paul met with James, who was concerned that Paul was telling Jews not to follow Moses' law. Paul denied this in his actions. But the Jews were still angry. They captured him in the temple, making false accusations. The Romans got interested. Paul was allowed to speak to the crowd.

Key verse:
9. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.

My thoughts:
Can you feel the sense of fate in these chapters? Like Jesus going to Jerusalem, knowing that it would be his grave, Paul is going there knowing that this is the end of his free life. Imagine knowing that and accepting that. Imagine preparing yourself to be in chains for the Gospel for the rest of your life. I doubt many of us would accept it so graciously as Paul.

Anyway, notice how it appears to be zealous Jewish Christians who are capturing Paul because he supposedly told Jews not to follow the law. Bizarre. Christianity was still very Jewish in Jerusalem at this stage.


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