On the Move

Acts Bible Background

New Testament: Acts 21.1–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 21.1–14 on July 19, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Paul and his friends found a ship that would take them to the land of Israel quickly. Just watch the ship travel:

Now it came to pass, that when we had departed from them and set sail, running a straight course we came to Cos, the following day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. And finding a ship sailing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. When we had sighted Cyprus, we passed it on the left, sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload her cargo.

– Acts 21.1–3

Wow, they were on the move. Paul wanted to be in Jerusalem for a certain feast day where he knew a great evangelistic opportunity awaited him. Nevertheless, look at what they found in Tyre, which made them stay a week there:

And finding disciples, we stayed there seven days. They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem.

– Acts 21.4

Those early Christians loved one another, and so they desired to spend time together. Then the Holy Spirit used the occasion to warn Paul that he should not go to Jerusalem, which was not a command, but a warning, because trouble awaited him there. That did not stop him or his traveling companions:

When we had come to the end of those days, we departed and went on our way; and they all accompanied us, with wives and children, till we were out of the city. And we knelt down on the shore and prayed. When we had taken our leave of one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned home.

– Acts 21.5–6

Do you see their love? Was it not beautiful to see them kneel down together and pray?


  • Do you pray with the members of the church?
  • What kind of situation would make you drop to your knees and pray?

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