This compliance of Paul did not answer, for the very thing by which he hoped to pacify the Jews, provoked them, and brought him into trouble. It will end (so far as the Book of Acts is concerned) in Rome, with Paul awaiting tria… Acts 1:8 Commentary; Acts 20:17-27 Commentary; Acts 20:28-38 Commentary; JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Acts Commentary (1857, 1866) (Over 1000 pages!) Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. On the following, He told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry, And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise, You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law, : The elders of Jerusalem were happy for what God was doing among the Gentiles. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. They then met with the Jerusalem brethren, who met them gladly. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. After Luke had arrived in *Jerusalem (Acts 21:17), he stayed in … It is honourable to be an old disciple of Jesus Christ, to have been enabled by the grace of God to continue long in a course of duty, stedfast in the faith, growing more and more experienced, to a good old age. 1. i. Paul’s particular call and ministry make these similarities especially striking, but we are called to follow after Jesus also. Not the excellence of his character, nor the success with which God blessed his labours, could gain their esteem and affection, seeing that he did not render the same respect as themselves to mere ceremonial observances. (Act 21:17-26) Paul honors Jewish customs among Christian Jews in Jerusalem. The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come, : This has the sense of, “Paul, this is controversial and people will hear about it. There may be a time of temptation in the wilderness, a time when people come to us with needs only God can meet, a time when we seem at the mercy of a storm, a time when we must cry out to God as in the Garden of Gethsemane, a time when we must simply lay down our lives and trust God will gloriously raise us up. He has taught us by example, as well as by rule, to pray always, to pray without ceasing. Many brethren at Jerusalem received Paul gladly. Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave, We have four men who have taken a vow. In the temple, where Paul should have been protected as in a place of safety, he was violently set upon. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Agabus--no doubt the same as in Acts 11:28. 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, crying out, “Men of Israel, help! We shouldn’t be surprised when events in our lives are like events in Jesus’ life. The apostles were not free from blame in all they did; and it would be hard to defend Paul from the charge of giving way too much in this matter. 11-14. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. They were accompanied by some of the disciples from Caesarea. (Acts 21:13 NKJV) They then ceased pleading with Paul and asked that the will of the Lord be done. They thought it was prudent in him to conform thus far. It was a trouble to him, that they should so earnestly press him to do that in which he could not gratify them without wronging his conscience. 3. Integrity and uprightness will be more likely to preserve us than insincere compliances. v. However, Paul’s experience was obviously different in many ways, not the least of which was the manner in which he will make his defense in the next chapter, while Jesus refused to defend Himself before His accusers. We, like Paul, are predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). All Rights Reserved. Providence must be acknowledged when our affairs go on well. And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. But Acts 2 speaks of another Pentecost sign. (23-25) The leaders of the Jerusalem Church make a recommendation. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Commentary on Acts 2:1-21 View Bible Text Within the New Testament, only Luke-Acts divides Jesus’ resurrection, his ascension, and the giving of the Holy Spirit into three distinct and temporally separated events (compare John 20, which talks about them all on the same Easter day). You can also change some of your preferences. James and the elders of the church at Jerusalem, asked Paul to gratify the believing Jews, by some compliance with the ceremonial law. 20a When they heard it, they glorified God.” (Acts 21:18-20a). i. If a roomful of people given the ability to speak foreign languages sounds electrifying, try imagining a churchful of prophets. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. Paul ascribed all his success to God, and to God they gave the praise. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Paul must have immediately remembered the prophecy of Agabus (Acts 21:11). So shall the Jews bind the man that owneth this girdle, &c.--For though the Romans did it, it was at the Jews' instigation ( Acts 21:33, Acts 28:17). This is the man who teaches all, Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd, All the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, “he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place”, Trophimus the Ephesian… whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple, Now as they were seeking to kill him, news came to the commander of the garrison that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. (8-18) He is persuaded to join in ceremonial observances. The weakness and evil of the human heart strongly appear, when we consider how many, even of the disciples of Christ, had not due regard to the most eminent minister that even lived. B. Paul comes to Jerusalem. They could not do more … Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Like Jesus, Paul was associated with terrorists by a Roman official. Yet in Jerusalem the Christian community was almost entirely from a Jewish background, and these Christians still valued many of the Jewish laws and customs. It is common for the wise and good to have that charged against them by malicious people, with which they thought to have obliged them. But the all-wise God overruled both their advice and Paul's compliance with it, to serve a better purpose than was intended. He preached Christ, the end of the law for righteousness, and repentance and faith, in which we are to make great use of the law.