by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 21 (37 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

Paul having now given his final instructions to the
pastors of the church at Ephesus, he now heads towards
Jerusalem with his final destination being Rome.
19:21, 20:22-23.

1 And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from
them, and had launched, we came with a straight course
unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from
thence unto Patara:
2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we
went aboard, and set forth.
3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the
left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre:
for there the ship was to unlade her burden.

Two ships and seven cities later, Paul and his group
stay in Tyre while the ship unloads the cargo.

4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days:
who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should
not go up to Jerusalem.

This is admittedly one of the most difficult verses in
the bible to interpret because it would appear to be a
contradiction of instructions already given, although
we know that it is not. Let's look at how some have
tried to solve this problem.

1) This is not actually the Holy Spirit, but the human
spirit. In other words, some have said that it was
the desire of the disciples that is here and nothing
more. This is not correct. The phrase in this verse
through the Spirit means the Holy Spirit, and it is as
simple as that.

2) Others have said that if we look at verses 4, 12,
and 13 together, then we have solved the apparent
dilemma. The only problem with this is that in verse
4, Paul is in Tyre and in vs. 12,13 he is in Caesarea.
So I do not believe that connecting these verses
solves the problem.

What I believe is the correct view, and I cannot be
totally dogmatic about it, is this: The Holy Spirit
led Paul to Jerusalem, there's no question about it,
which we have already seen in chapters 19 and 20.
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