Focus and by God’s grace reach the end. Amen.
Today’s reading: Acts 21-23.
Like Jesus before him, Paul set his face like flint towards Jerusalem. His Christian brothers and sisters knew the danger – Jerusalem was a powder keg of religious emotions – and tried to stop him. The prophet Agabus, who had earlier warned of impending famine in Jerusalem, now foretold of Paul’s imprisonment if he pressed on. But Paul was determined to complete his journey. Was he foolish to do so? Some commentators wonder if he was wrong to push ahead in the light of so many warnings.
Paul had been to Jerusalem before. He came there briefly after his conversion. He brought the collection for famine relief. He was there for the Jerusalem Council. But in the interim Paul had made a name for himself through repeated conflicts with Jewish synagogues in Asia Minor and Greece. He had notoriety even among the Jewish believers in Jerusalem…
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