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10/17 Acts 21

The question of the day.  Would you do something you felt God wanted you to do even if you knew something bad was going to happen to you?  There was no doubt in Paul’s mind, full steam ahead.

10After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ ”

12When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

Paul’s willingness to be subjected to the will of God was without any reservations whatsoever.

30The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut. 31While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.

33The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done. 34Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another, and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. 35When Paul reached the steps, the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers. 36The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Away with him!”

In our world today, most if not all of us really don’t have to face this type of situation.  We have rights.  We have freedom of speech.  We are allowed to proclaim the Gospel message just about anywhere we want to.  However there are places in this world that Christians do not have those rights.  Just ask any missionary in a foreign country especially the Middle East or a country dominated by another religion, what rights they are entitled to.  Take a moment this week to pray for those missionaries who are risking their lives to do God’s will.

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