Paul, listening & not listening Acts 21

4 Jun

Phillip, one of the seven, first deacons. Paul is surrounded by prophets by the end of Acts 21. He has Phillip’s four unmarried daughters, prophetess’, Agabus and Phillip himself, a deacon who taught, baptised, anointed and spoke prophetically.

These prophets, Acts 21 Luke tells us, tell all that he, Paul), should not go to Jerusalem, but also that “… he would not be dissuaded, “

Paul, a man of many, many words, surrounded by word speakers, does not listen. He goes, head down, focused to imprisonments, to Jerusalem, to a death.

Why doesn’t Paul listen? Below is part of the prophets’ speaking their stories, (‘we’ includes Luke )

8 “Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.

10 After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’”

12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “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.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

So, Why doesn’t Paul listen to these prophets?

Paul allows them to speak as they hear; and he eats them.

But Paul also heard his own heart, and this is what Paul has to follow to Jerusalem: his heart, not others.

Today, no matter what others say, no matter what they hear, I must follow what He, my Lord, has placed in my heart.

my prayer: lord, may I always be tired to you; your word and your love.

Lord, tie me, in all ways, to you. To you.

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