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It was hard for Paul to leave the Ephesian Elders. Luke implies that he had to literally tear himself away from these dear friends (v.1). He found a ship going to Phoenicia, so he got on board and sailed off (v. 2). From there he headed south. The voyage itself was uneventful and probably took five or six days. They landed in Tyre where the ship unloaded some of its cargo (v. 3). While the ship was unloading, Paul and his party looked up the (Bible teaching) church in town. Hospitality was extended to the travelers, and a week of warm fellowship followed (v. 4).
During this time Paul was warned by the Christians, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, not to go on to Jerusalem (v. 4). Paul was determined in his own mind to not let this change his plans. God will allow the Christian to have his own way, but often there is a severe price to be paid. In severe cases, when believers get out of the will of the Lord, He will send sickness, and even physical death, as in the case of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5). Other times He may give them their request, but send leanness to their soul. Regardless of whether Paul was in God’s will on this issue or not, the fact remains that Paul had ample warning of what to expect in Jerusalem.
When the week was over, they went with their friends to the beach and prayed (vv. 5-6). From here Paul travels to Ptolemais and Caesarea, where he stayed with Philip the Evangelist (vv.7- 9). Philip was one of the seven deacons of the Jerusalem church, the one who won the Ethiopian eunuch to the Lord. He had settled in Caesarea, the Roman capital of Palestine, and had been there ministering for twenty years. What a joy it must have been for Paul and Philip to be together again.
I need to be very careful that I do not want my way so badly that I don’t care what the Lord wants in my life. I need to be sensitive if God is putting up a roadblock or bringing some pressure to bear in my life that is a warning. I want to be able to give the Lord a blank sheet and sign it to indicate I will go and do whatever He wants me to do.
And when we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. And having found a ship crossing to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload its cargo. And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home. When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for one day. On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.
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Acts 18:1-4Paul Adapts to His Audience
Acts 18:5-11Opposition Enhances Ministry Results
Acts 18:12-17Paul’s Roman Citizenship On Trial
Acts 18:18-23God Works His Will in His Servants
Acts 18:24-28Tactfulness–Words That Work Mightily
Acts 19:1-7The Holy Spirit is a Person
Acts 19:8-16Miracles Performed by Paul for Authentication
Acts 19:17-22Beware of Cult Practices
Acts 19:21-41Results of Religious Greed
Acts 20:1-6Discipleship Despite Difficulties
Acts 20:7-12When, Where, How & How Long to Worship
Acts 20:13-21Paul–An Example of Faithfulness
Acts 20:22-24Paul’s Determination To Go To Jerusalem
Acts 20:25-31Paul’s Warning to the Ephesian Elders
Acts 20:32-38Paul Shares About Giving
Acts 21:1-9Paul Warned By the Christians
Acts 21:10-16Paul’s Determination & Warning from Agabus
Acts 21:17-26Compromise Recommended but Refuted
Acts 21:27-36Disaster is the End Result of Compromise
Acts 21:37-40Boldness At the Barracks
Acts 22:1-5Paul Defense of His Heritage and Ministry
Acts 22:6-16Paul’s Salvation Testimony
Acts 22:17-21The Jewish Crowd’s Prejudice Against Gentiles
Acts 22:22-30Paul–A Roman Citizen
Acts 23:1-5Respect is Always Appropriate
Acts 23:6-11Comfort In Times of Trial
Acts 23:12-22A Plot to Kill Paul
Acts 23:23-35God’s Timing is Very Evident to Paul
Acts 24:1-9Paul’s Response vs. Reaction to Charges
Acts 24:10-21Paul’s Defense Before Felix
Acts 24:22-27Concern from Paul’s Friends & Foes