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BIBLICAL SACRIFICE

SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR

Christianity Oasis provides this Biblical Sacrifice Bible study on what is Something Worth Dying For bringing forth truth, understanding and peace within.



THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

CHAPTER 21

BIBLICAL SACRIFICE DEFINITION
SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR EXPLAINED

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THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

CHAPTER 21


BIBLICAL SACRIFICE TRUTH
SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR IS RARE

Are you ready for more adventures of Paul in the Acts of the Apostles? Welcome back, as we finish up with Paul's third journey to convert the Gentiles for Jesus. Paul, as you remember just gave a very touching farewell to the elders from Ephesus, and left them with encouraging words to continue the Faith, as he would see them no more.

So they set sail and went straight to Coos, then to Rhodes, Patara, and Phenicia, then when they had seen Cyprus, they sailed to the south of it into Syria, landing in Tyre, where the ship was to unload it's cargo. Meeting some disciples there, they stayed there for a week because through the Spirit they told Paul not to go to Jerusalem yet. Everyone brought their wives and children to wish them well and to walk them to the edge of the city, where they knelt down on the shore and prayed together.

They boarded ship again and sailed to Ptolemais and greeted the brethren there, staying for one day, and the next day, Paul and those who were with him, left and came into Caesarea, and they went to the home of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven (Acts 6:5) and they stayed with him.

Philip had four maiden daughters, who prophesied and while they stayed there, a prophet from Judea, named Agabus visited them. When he met them, he took Paul's belt, and strapped his hands and feet and said, The Holy Ghost says, this is how the Jewish people at Jerusalem will tie the man that owns this belt, and will deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.


BIBLICAL SACRIFICE FACTS
WHAT IS SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR

When the people with Paul, and the people of Philip's house heard this, they urged him not to go to Jerusalem. Paul answered them, Why are you crying and breaking my heart? I'm ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. When they couldn't change his mind, they stopped trying to talk him out of it, saying, The Lord's will be done. (Paul is right ... You are not quite living until you find something worth dying for.)

They went in carriages to Jerusalem with some of the disciples of Caesarea and they also took a man named Mnason, from Cyprus, an old man, who they planned to lodge with. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were greeted with gladness by the brethren and the next day Paul went in to see James, and all the elders were there.


BIBLICAL SACRIFICE SHARED
SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR IN HOPE

When he greeted them, he told them all the things that God had done for the Gentiles through his ministry. When they heard, they glorified the Lord and said to Paul, You see, brother, how many thousands of Jewish people there are who believe, and they're all zealous of the law. And they know that you teach all the Jewish people that live among the Gentiles, to forsake Moses, saying that they shouldn't circumcise their children, or to adhere to the customs. What is to be done then? The people will certainly gather, because they'll hear that you're in Jerusalem. So, do what we tell you. We have four men that have taken a vow (the vow of the Nazarite, Numbers, Chapter 6). Purify yourself with them, and be obligated with them, that they may shave their heads, and all will see that the things that they have heard about you are as nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law. Concerning the Gentiles that believe, we've written and concluded that they only need to keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication.


BIBLICAL SACRIFICE LIKE JESUS DID
DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR

In other words ... God's Grace to the Gentiles disturbed many Jewish believers because these Gentiles were not subject to nor did they have to follow the Jewish customs to become CHRISTIANS so these Jewish fellas wanted Paul to show them that he did follow the Jewish customs himself as to please ... MAN.

The fact that the Holy Spirit thought it wise not to place the burden of JEWISH law and customs, on the Gentiles ... Seems to have taken a back seat to the concerns of these Jewish men. But, as we know ... Paul is quite the chameleon lizard and blends well with his surroundings as to make his SELL of Jesus. He did as they asked of him.

Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the Temple, to signify the completion of the days of purification, when an offering was to be made for each one of them. When the seven days were almost ended, the Jewish people who were from Asia, when they saw Paul in the Temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teaches against the people, and the law, and this sacred place: and he's also brought Greeks into the Temple, and polluted this holy place. (They had seen him before with Trophimus, an Ephesian, in the city, whom they assumed that Paul had brought into the temple. Trophimus was one of the seven who went into Asia with Paul when he left Greece, see Chapter 20.)


BIBLICAL SACRIFICE WARNING
FAITH IS SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR

Well, well, it looks like the plan didn't work very well at all. Of course all of this was DESTINY. As the Holy Spirit confirmed through the prophet Agabus, that Paul would be bound in Jerusalem which had Paul say ... I'm ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

The whole city was disturbed, and the people ran together. They took Paul, and dragged him out of the Temple and the doors were shut. As they went about to kill him, news came to the chief captain of the military, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. The captain immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them: and when the people saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left Paul alone.

Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; and demanded to know who he was, and what he had done. (Remember Agabus prophesied that this would happen.) Some accused one thing, some another, and when the captain couldn't understand what caused the riot, he ordered Paul to be carried into the castle. The soldiers carried him to the stairs because the people were violent and the crowd followed after him, shouting, Away with him.


BIBLICAL SACRIFICE DISCUSSION
SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR IS LIVING

Now, if Paul didn't follow in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus ... Nobody did. They treated Jesus the exact same way. Also, remember that Jesus told Ananias in Acts 9:16 concerning Paul, I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake.

And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said to the chief captain, May I speak to you? The captain asked, Can you speak Greek? Aren't you that Egyptian, who caused an uproar, and led out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers? (The captain was thinking that Paul was Theudas, who Gamaliel spoke of, back when Peter and John first started preaching in the temple, in Acts 5:36.)

But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no average city: and, I ask you, allow me to speak to the people. When he had given him permission, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with his hand to (silence) the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spoke to them in Hebrew, saying,

Time out for a little Daily Bread Crumb. This is how Chapter 21 ends. If you look in your Bible, it even ends the chapter with a comma.


BIBLICAL SACRIFICE CONCLUSION
SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR SUMMARY

That goes to show you that there really were no chapters and verses when the stories in the Bible were written. The chapters and verses have been added for ease of locating different things. So if you are not up on what chapter or verse a certain scripture is ... Remember what Paul taught us. Go by the SPIRIT of the WORD Not the letter. In other words ... It's better to know the Spiritual message of WHAT the Bible teaches us and not so much on WHERE each verse is and it's location in the Bible.

I can't wait to hear what Paul said to the people next, can you? You'll have to come back again next time and we'll share it together, right here at Daily Bread.




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