Acts 21:1-40

Paul’s heads his journey toward Jerusalem in Acts 21.

On his way there, he met with other brothers and sisters on the way. One of the people Paul met was a prophet, who prophesied Paul’s persecution in Jerusalem. With credible prophesy, people urged Paul not to go, but Paul replied “’I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus’” (v. 13). Eventually, people gave up on persuading Paul, and said “’let the will of the Lord be done’” (v. 14).

After Paul arrived at Jerusalem, he was urged to follow tradition and purify himself, which he complied. Days gone by, crowd grew as Paul hangs out at Jerusalem. Eventually, prophesy came true-riot grew and Paul was arrested at the temple. Before Paul was taken away, he asked for permission to address the people present at the scene. Permission was granted, and Paul’s message begins in Acts 22.

Critical Thinking Questions

In times of difficult decisions, Paul stood firm on his decision to go to Jerusalem despite surrounding people’s strong opposition. Even the people admitted their persuasion was based on their own will by finally proclaiming “let the will of the Lord be done.” How can we stand firm in God’s will in times of difficult decisions?

Paul’s obedience of God’s will for him to head to Jerusalem granted him an opportunity to address to the people of Jerusalem. Even after Paul’s friends’ prophesies came true, Paul did not run away.

How might we distinguish God’s will vs men’s will when people around voice opposing suggestions?

— Isaac

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