Acts 21

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Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

– Acts 21:13

This section of Scripture has always intrigued me. The prophetic word repeatedly spoken to Paul was not inaccurate. Chains and tribulations did await him at Jerusalem, and everyone he met along his journey confirmed the dreadful vision. It wasn’t the vision that discouraged Paul. It wasn’t the possibility of suffering. He’d suffered tremendously already for the cause of Christ.

Paul’s discouragement came not from the vision or it’s interpretation, but the way in which his friends sought to apply it. “Paul, chains and tribulations await you… therefore, don’t go! Turn and run the other way. Escape this trial.”

It’s a challenging passage. Our observations and interpretations may be correct, but our applications can be way off.

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