Entries by suzie

Wednesday 3 June, 2020

In this passage we see God’s sovereignty at work. In verse 11 of the previous passage God encourages Paul and tells him that he will testify about God in Rome. God uses the attack on Paul, and the Roman intervention to safely transport Paul from Jerusalem to Rome. Historically, Rome was the brutal enemy oppressing […]

Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Paul had been planning to visit Jerusalem and then go to Rome on his way to Spain (Romans 15:24). But the Holy Spirit had warned him that if he went back to Jerusalem, he would end up a prisoner (Acts 20:23). And he sent Agabus the prophet to give him the same warning (Acts 21:11). […]

Monday 1 June, 2020

Paul’s testimony is so powerful.  A clear witness to Christ, His love, His power and the radical change that comes as a result of faith in Jesus. The sting in the tail of this portion of Scripture is in Acts 22: 22.  The Jews wanted God to themselves – the thought that Paul, a good […]

Sunday 31 May, 2020

Once entering Jerusalem Paul tries not to draw attention to himself, he tries to keep things low key and fit in with current Jewish custom. To no avail though as he is recognised by some Jews and called out for “preaching against our people and telling them to disobey Jewish laws.”   Paul was beaten, a […]

Saturday 30 May, 2020

As Paul returns to Jerusalem from his ministry travels he reports to the Christian brothers and gives them an account of what had happened in the time that they had been away. Luke says that Paul reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles. “What God had done.” These words hit hard to […]

Friday 29 May, 2020

When I know a task is coming up I prepare. I plan my time, I learn what I need to know, I have my mind and body ready. From the early warning in verse 4, to the vivid prophesy in verse 13, the Lord was preparing Paul and the disciples. Will they finish the race […]

Thursday 28 May, 2020

What stands out to me when reading this passage is the very first verse, which says “After we had torn ourselves away from them…”. This is referring to Paul and his companions ‘tearing’ themselves away from the leaders and elders in Ephesus as they head towards Jerusalem. I am drawn to this imagery as it […]

Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Paul understood he had no time to waste. We have spent the last 2 years focusing at church on making disciples – and here is a perfect summary of just what that means. Clearly Paul has spoken the truth boldly, led by example and loved these people. The question is, who am I doing these […]

Tuesday 26 May, 2020

In this passage, Paul is on his way to Jerusalem, where the Holy Spirit has told him many times that jail and suffering lie ahead for him. If Paul had decided that this journey was going to take a long time, then I don’t think anyone would have argued with him. But is seems here […]

Monday 25 May, 2020

On first reading, this passage sounds like part of Great Aunt Hepzibah’s travel diary with a few unnecessary details. But thinking and praying about it have helped me get more out of it. The first thing that strikes me is how real this is. Someone inventing this wouldn’t bother to include details such as Paul […]