Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

Acts 21:1-17
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday Acts 21:1, 2
vs1-2: When it came time to leave, Luke says, “We had to tear ourselves away because they kept clinging to us.” But once they got underway the winds were favorable so the ship was able to sail all the way to the island of Cos, about 50 miles south. The next day they covered a full 70 miles to the island of Rhodes, and on the final day they sailed 60 miles east to the port of Patara. There they boarded a merchant vessel bound for Phoenicia, and put out to sea.

Monday Acts 21:3, 4
v3: The entire journey to the port of Tyre was about 400 miles. At about the halfway point, they passed the island of Cyprus, which Luke describes as rising up (from the horizon) on the left side of the ship, and then they left it behind as they sailed to the coast of the province of Syria. Apparently, when they reached the coast, somewhere north of Tyre, they sailed south a bit before arriving at the port. The ship was scheduled to remain there for a week to unload its cargo. v4: This stopover gave Paul and his team time to contact the disciples who lived in the city. Years earlier Paul had passed through on his way to the Jerusalem Council (Ac 15:3), so he may have known where to start looking. Some sort of gatherings were arranged, and Luke mentions that while they were there Paul was repeatedly given prophetic words warning him not to enter Jerusalem.

Tuesday Acts 21:5-7
vs5-6: When it came time to leave, all the believers including women and children walked with them out of the city, and then they all knelt down together on the beach and prayed. After everyone hugged each other, the team boarded the ship, and the people returned to their homes. v7: Paul and his team still had one more day on the ship. They had to sail the final 30 miles south to the Greek city of Ptolemais (modern Acre). They disembarked at that port and chose to walk the rest of the way. While they were there, they contacted the believers and remained an extra day to fellowship with them.

Wednesday Acts 21:8, 9
vs8-9: On the following day, they walked 35 miles down the coast to Caesarea, and stayed in the home of Philip the evangelist. Luke reminds us that this Philip was not Philip the apostle (Mt 10:3) but one of the “seven,” meaning he was one of the seven deacons chosen by the Jerusalem church shortly after Pentecost (Ac 6:1-6; 8:4-13, 26-40). He also notes that this man had four unmarried daughters and that they were all prophetesses.

Thursday Acts 21:10
v10: Luke tells us Paul and the team remained in Caesarea several (“more”) days, but in view of the fact that there were only about five days left until Pentecost (Ac 20:16), it’s not likely they stayed there more than two nights because it was normally a two-day walk from there up to Jerusalem. If we count down from the day Paul left Philippi, which was immediately after the week of Unleavened Bread (Ac 20:6), at best Paul would have reached Jerusalem no more than a day or so before Pentecost.

Friday Acts 21:10, 11
vs10-11: During the time they spent in Caesarea, Luke says, “…a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea, and coming to us and picking up Paul’s belt, he bound his own feet and hands and said, ‘These are the things the Holy Spirit says, “The man to whom this belt belongs, the Jews in Jerusalem will bind in this manner and deliver him over into the hands of the nations (Gentiles).”’”

Saturday Acts 21:12-16
vs12-13: Luke tells us that when they heard the things Agabus said, he along with the team of representatives, as well as the believers who lived there, begged (exhorted) Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. But he answered, “What are you doing weeping and crushing my heart, for I am prepared not only to be bound, but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” v14: Since they could not persuade him to change his mind, they quieted down saying, “May the will of the Lord be done!” vs15-16: When their time in Caesarea came to an end, they packed up the supplies they would carry with them, and walked up to Jerusalem. Some of the disciples from Caesarea went along in order to guide them to the home of a man from Cyprus named Mnason with whom they might find lodging. Luke adds he was an “early disciple,” meaning he may go back as far as the time of Pentecost. 

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