A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
<p “On to Jerusalem”, Acts 21:1) And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara: 2) And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth. 3) Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden. 4) And finding Disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. 5) And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children till we were out of the city; and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. 6) And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again. John 1:11. 7) And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemaist, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day. 8) And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Phillip the Evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him. Ephesians 4:11. 9) And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17. 10) And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. 11) And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. Ephesians 3:1. 12) And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13) Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the Name of the Lord Jesus. Romans 8:35. 14) And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The Will of the Lord be done. 15) And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem. 16) There went with us also certain of the Disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mna son of Cyprus, an old Disciple, with whom we should lodge.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-7, Providence must be acknowledged when our affairs go on well. Wherever Paul came, he inquired what Disciples were there, and found them out. Foreseeing his troubles, from love to him, and concern for the Church, they strongly thought it would be most for the Glory of God that he should continue at liberty; but their earnestness to dissuade him from it, renders his pious resolution the more illustrious. He has taught us by example, as well as by rule, to pray always, to pray without ceasing. Their last farewell was sweetened with prayer. v8-17, Paul had express warning of his troubles, that when they came, they might be no surprise or terror to him. The general notice given us, that through much tribulation we must enter into the Kingdom of God, should be of the same use to us. Their weeping began to weaken and slacken his resolution. Has not our Master told us to take up our cross? It was a trouble to him, that they should so earnestly press him to do for them something that he could not do without wronging his conscience. When we see trouble coming, it becomes us to say, Let the Will of the Lord be done, for His Will is His Wisdom, and He doeth all according to the Counsel of it. It is honourable to be an old Disciple of Jesus Christ, to have been enabled by the Grace of God to continue long in a course of duty, stedfast in the faith. The multitude of their years shall teach wisdom. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.