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4 And finding disciples, we stayed there seven days. They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem. 5 When we had come to the end of those days, we departed and went on our way; and they all accompanied us, with wives and children, till we were out of the city. And we knelt down on the shore and prayed. 6 When we had taken our leave of one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned home. 

 

21:4 

And finding disciples, we stayed there seven days. 

Paul’s team stayed with believers in Tyre for a week.  

They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem. 

The disciples at Tyre warned Paul not to go to Jerusalem. This is the first warning on this trip.  

21:5 

When we had come to the end of those days, we departed and went on our way;  

At the end of the week, Paul’s team departed for Jerusalem 

and they all accompanied us, with wives and children, till we were out of the city. 

The disciples, with their wives and children, accompanied Paul’s team to the port of Tyre.  

And we knelt down on the shore and prayed. 

When the team reached the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, they knelt and prayed together. The subject of their prayer was most likely about Paul’s coming persecution in Jerusalem.  

21:6 

When we had taken our leave of one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned home. 

The believers in Tyre returned to their homes in Tyre after Paul and his group boarded the ship.  

 PRINCIPLE: 

It was God’s will for Paul to go to Jerusalem.  

APPLICATION: 

The warnings of fellow believers for Paul not to go to Jerusalem were probably wrong, for the Spirit told him to go (Acts 20:22). After he went, God comforted him about going (Acts 23:11). The apostle was clear in his conscience about going (Acts 23:1). Evidently, the Spirit of God prepared Paul’s heart along the way that people would persecute him for the name of Christ.  

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