Observation: It seems interesting that the leaders came up with a plan to try to manipulate the situation and it did not help at all.
Question: Should Paul have gone to Jerusalem? His friends all say no. The prophecy leads us to believe that he should not. The catch is that we figure that if something we see as bad is going to happen to Paul then it must not be God’s will. I think Paul’s conviction seems to tell us that it is God’s will for him to go.
Application: I should be able to quickly and succinctly share with others my testimony of God’s work to save me just like Paul did.
Prayer: Father, help me to follow Your leading today whether it appears to be good or bad from my limited perspective.
Was it Paul’s destiny to go to Jerusalem and ultimately be imprisoned in Rome? As with Jonah, had he not gone would God have found another way? Had he not been in prison would he have written Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philemon?
What a vivid picture of those mobs in Jerusalem very similar to the streets of our home town’s persecution of Christians today