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Ready to Be Bound and Die!

Scripture reading for November 15th: Acts 21-23

As Paul headed back to Jerusalem, he was aware that the Spirit was telling him of dangers that awaited him.  He visited brothers at Tyre while his ship was unloading cargo.  These brothers urged him by the Spirit not to go to Jerusalem.  (Acts 21:4)  He continued on his journey by ship to Caesarea, staying at the house of Philip the evangelist.  Philip was one of the original seven deacons.  While visiting there for a few days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea and gave Paul a prophetic word.  He took Paul’s belt and tied his own hands and feet before speaking. “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.” (Acts 21:11)  We must ask ourselves why Paul did not heed these warnings or words of knowledge.  Did God give these words to keep Paul from the coming trouble?  Did God give these words to confirm to Paul what was going to happen that he would need to endure to fulfill plans God had given him?

Many people pleaded with Paul not to go to Jerusalem.  Paul answered them, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart?  I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”  When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” (Acts 21:13-14)  Paul evidently had heard from the Lord about his assignment and would not give in to man’s pressure to save himself.  The people recognized it to be the Lord’s will and yielded to that.

Paul’s journey to Jerusalem reminds us of Jesus Christ and His final journey to Jerusalem before the crucifixion.  Jesus knew that He was going to be arrested and crucified.  He wrestled with this mission, but prayed that God’s will would be done, not His!  (Luke 22:42-44)  Jesus submitted His will to the Father’s will, being even willing to die for those who would mistreat Him!  When we submit ourselves to God for His purposes, our lives are not ours to spend, but belong to God.  He will use us for His kingdom purposes and reward us eternally for our obedience!  What a wonderful example we have in both Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul!

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