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.
– Acts 21:30
I can only imagine the feeling of deja vu that must have flashed through Paul’s mind as these events unfolded. In Acts 6 and 7, the tables were turned. It was Paul (or Saul, rather) who was then overseeing the mob seizing upon a follower of Christ. But in Acts 14, 16, and 19, it was Paul who was on the receiving end of a beating. Once again he finds himself subject to mob rule. No doubt by this time Paul was well into his 50’s, if not his early 60’s, and he was not looking forward to what was about to befall him. But for the cause of Christ, he counted it a privilege to suffer. Would to God that I’d have the same mindset.
Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik
Read the Scriptures at Bible.com
Download the YouVersion Bible App
Additional Daily Devotionals
My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers
Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon