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Danger Awaits (18 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 21:1-17
INTRODUCTION: Last week, we concluded chapter 20, with Paul's farewell to the Ephesian elders. This evening, we will begin chapter 21, as Paul determines to go to Jerusalem. Let me give you two things:
I. His First Warning
II. His Second Warning
I. HIS FIRST WARNING (VV. 1-9)
In the first part of the chapter, we find Paul traveling by ship from Miletus to the ancient city of Tyre. Along the way, he made several stops, one of which was at Rhodes.
ILLUSTRATION: According to Adam Clarke's Commentary, Rhodes was "...celebrated for its Colossus, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This was a brazen statue of Apollo, so high that ships in full sail could pass between its legs. It was the work of Chares, a pupil of Lysippus, who spent twelve years in making it. It was 106 feet high, and so great that few people could fathom its thumb. It was thrown down by an earthquake about 224 years before Christ, after having stood for 66 years. When the Saracens took possession of this island, they sold this prostrate image to a Jew, who loaded 900 camels with the brass from it; this was about 660 A.D., nearly 900 years after it had been thrown down."1
A. The Disciples of Tyre (vv. 1-5)
1. When Paul arrived at Tyre, he found several disciples. There are a couple of things that come to my mind:
a. The speed at which the gospel traveled.
At this point, it had only been about 27 years since Jesus commissioned His disciples in Acts 1:8. Here, in the city of Tyre, just a few years later, we find Christian believers. It goes to show how quickly the gospel can spread when people tell the story. That's why it is so important to witness for Christ. You never know what can be accomplished when you speak to someone about the Lord. One man saved, can literally change a continent for Christ...consider Paul.
b. The encouragement ...
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