- Acts 21:11-15
- Acts 21:11 (KJB)
- 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.
- Girdle - A manís hollow belt which could also be used as a purse
- Agabus took the belt of Paul which would have been long enough to wrap
himself up, both feet and hands, and now disclosed the type of persecution
that Paul was going to face in Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit has now revealed
through Agabus that Paul is going to be handed over to the Gentiles, which
would be the Romans. Paul was fully aware of the persecution that awaited
him in Jerusalem but even knowing that, he would not be deterred from his
desire to go there.
- Acts 21:12 (KJB)
- And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place,
besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
- Besought - Exhorted or urged
- Luke states that when they heard these things, they had urged Paul not
to go to Jerusalem. This was just like the event in Tyre, when they heard
the message of Paulís coming persecution at Jerusalem, they also urged him
not to go. It was not because they wanted him to be disobedient to the
leading of the Holy Spirit, but it was out of their love for him. Paul knew
that if this was of the Lord, there was no way that he could go in the other
direction. Remember Jonah!
- Acts 21:13 (KJB)
- 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.
- It seems that Paulís friends were persistent in their argument for him
not to go to Jerusalem. Little did they know, they were doing what Peter did
when he stated that the Lord would not go to Jerusalem and die. Peter had
his eyes on the flesh, which was the emotional element of Christianity that
can divert Christians from doing what God would have them to do. Paulís
friends were doing the same thing as they allowed their emotions to
interfere with the fact that Paul had been called by the Holy Spirit to go
to Jerusalem. Paulís response was strong because their repeated attempts to
halt him from going to Jerusalem could have had an effect upon Paulís
emotional will, thus weakening him and then if he succumbs to the flesh,
then he would cancel his journey there. Instead, he tells them that he is
not only willing to go to Jerusalem bound, but because of his love for the
Lord Jesus, he is willing to die for the name of Christ. Notice Paul did not
focus on himself but he refocused them on their commitment to the Lord Jesus
and that sometimes it commands the utmost commitment, their physical life.
- Acts 21:14 (KJB)
- And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will
of the Lord be done.
- Will - Purpose or determination
- Paul stood very firm in his commitment to go to Jerusalem. Luke states
that they saw that Paul could not be persuaded or convinced to abort his
journey to Jerusalem, they then stated that the will of the Lord be done. So
they committed Paul into the hands of the will or purpose of God for him
because they saw that it was definitely Godís will that Paul goes. Paul knew
that the Lord Jesus Christ could take care of him in whatever situation
arose and that is why Paul could write to Timothy. (2 Tim 1:12
KJV) For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not
ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able
to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Paul knew whom he believed in and was convinced that Christ would maintain
him in any situation. Paul also knew that you cannot kill a Christian, you
can only change his address.
- Acts 21:15 (KJB)
- And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.
- After the time they had at Philips home in Caesarea, the day had finally
come when Paul would travel to Jerusalem. They had packed up all their
baggage, probably on a rented horse and wagon and then headed toward
Jerusalem. It was about a 60 mile trip (97 km) from Caesarea to Jerusalem
and could have taken them two days to get there doing about 30 miles a day.