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27 Now when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” 29 (For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) 30 And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut. 

 

The Jews from Asia (Turkey today) falsely accused Paul of bringing Gentiles into the Temple. Non-Jews were not allowed to enter the Temple. A riot occurred (Acts 21:27-36) 

21:27 

Now when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, 

Before Paul completed the seven-day rite of purification, Jews came to Jerusalem from Asia and garnered a mob against him. They physically captured and beat him.  

21:28 

crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” 

The accusation against the apostle was that he was against Jews, their law, and the Temple. The particular charge was that he brought Gentiles into the Temple.  

21:29 

(For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) 

The basis for the argument by those who hated Paul was that they saw Trophimus, the Ephesian Gentile, with him, supposing the apostle took him into the Temple. Trophimus traveled with Paul to Jerusalem (Acts 20:4). These Asian Jews were probably from Ephesus because they recognized Trophimus by sight. The charge was not founded in facts, for Paul had not brought a Gentile into the Temple. Gentiles were allowed in the court of the Gentiles but not the Temple proper.  

21:30 

And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut. 

A mob dragged Paul from the Temple, and the guards closed the Temple doors. The Roman government allowed Jews to execute any Gentile, even Roman citizens, for entering the restricted part of the Temple.  

PRINCIPLE: 

Acting on misinformation and assumptions is evil. 

APPLICATION: 

There are many kinds of mob action. Some mobs use physical violence, swept up in hysteria about something. Other mob thinking is the desire to be with a large group without discernment. The latter group does not allow for independent thinking but adopts what is trending in the mob. This herd mentality adopts behaviors and actions of the group without making independent judgments about an issue. In this case, the person loses his identity and individuality in favor of the group.  

Sadly, some Christian religious leaders use the mob to affect what people believe. This viewpoint is the opposite of allowing one’s logic, fact gathering, and judgment about an issue, and it does not allow Christians to make judgments about what the Bible says from the facts.  

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