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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold is as pictures of silver.(Prov.25:11) It is so important to speak the right words to people at the right time to produce the right results. When you think of apples of gold in pictures of silver, then you are thinking of wealth and excellence. When we speak wisdom into the lives of others we are making them wealthy. Therefore we must seek God for He is the source of all wisdom and He will give us just the right words needed at the right time.
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  • #And when we heard these things, both we and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Acts 21:12

    The Greek word for besought is parakaleo, which means to call to or for, to exhort, to encourage, beseech, Para and Kaleo is to call near i.e. Invite, invoke, entreat, and pray. That is what both of the disciples did when they heard the prophecy that was given to do their best to exhort Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. This shows the love that they have for Paul and how they do not want to see him bound up in Jerusalem. I thank the Lord for those who love us and pray for our safety, and as we look back over our lives how many of us have been saved by the prayers of those who love us. Paul is blessed to have such faithful companions in the Lord and the consolation that they gave him was inspirational to his ministry. It has been almost six years now that I have been separated from my wife of thirty-five years and I thank the Lord for all those who call on me to check that I am doing well in the Lord. I have experienced the grace of God and the promise that Jesus gave to never leave or forsake us. This is the same hope that keeps Paul going despite all the warnings that he has been given, and we can learn much from this passage about how we are to pray for those whom we love.

  • #And when he came unto us, he took Paul's girdle and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. Acts 21:11

    The Greek word for girdle is zone, which is a belt; by implication, a pocket girdle purse. So Agabus the prophet takes Paul's girdle and bound his own hands and feet and said, Thus saith the Holy Spirit, so shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owns this girdle as well as deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. This is alarming to Paul, but he is prepared not only to be bound for the Lord Jesus and to die for Him. We must be willing to take up the cross daily, deny ourselves, and follow Jesus. All those who are disciples of the Lord must bear his cross daily. Jesus told Paul at his Damascus road conversion that he would suffer many things for His name's sake. Thus Agabus is confirming the words of the Lord Jesus. We too must expect more persecution as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ in these days of apostasy. Therefore, Jesus told us all those who would give their life, would receive the crown of life at the Judgment Seat of Christ. There are five crowns that Christians will be awarded at the Bema Seat of Christ so we must be careful that no man will steal our crown. Jesus told us not to fear the man who can only destroy the body, but to fear Him who can destroy body, and soul in the Lake of Fire.

  • #And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. Acts 21:10

    The Greek word for tarry is epimeno, which means to stay over, i.e. Remain, persevere, or abide in. So that is what Paul and his disciples are doing enjoying the ministry of Philip and his four virgin daughters. The Greek word for prophet is prophetes which means an interpreter of the forth-teller of the divine will.  So the Holy Spirit has sent from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. He is of Hebrew origin and an Israelite. He is a Christian prophet so he is in tune with the apostle Paul and will be used greatly by the Lord to warn Paul of what awaits him in Jerusalem. I thank God that if you desire the gift of prophecy, you will do well. It is a blessing of the Holy Spirit to give us the gifts to edify the body of Christ and that is exactly what Agabus is going to do. Let us continue to pray for Ukraine as the war with Russia is getting very brutal and many innocent people are being targeted by the Russian army and killed. If NATO does not stop Russia in Ukraine they will be a threat to the peace and security of Israel. The scripture tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for they shall prosper who do so. 

  • #And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. Acts 21:9

    The Greek word for virgins is Parthenos which means of unknown origin; a maiden; by implication, an unmarried daughter. So Philip had four virgin unmarried daughters, which did prophesy. The Greek word for prophecy is propheteuo, which means to foretell or to tell forth. From prophetes to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, and exercise the prophetic office. That is what Philip's daughters were doing by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. So this proves that women can indeed preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet Paul taught that they were not to usurp authority over the man. So Paul wants them to have a women's ministry mainly and not to be Pastors. Since the Lord appointed twelve disciples and all of them were men; so this is the apostolic doctrine of the Church. Yet not all churches believe in this teaching, as I was in one that appointed a woman to be Pastor, and because of this being in violation of the apostolic doctrine, I left that denomination and became an itinerant minister. I believe having a woman as a Pastor leads to a Jezebel spirit in the church and it will cause all kinds of dissimulations to be developed. 

  • #And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed and came unto Caesarea and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven and abode with him. Acts 21:8

    The Greek word for Caesarea is Kaisareia which was the name of two cities in Palestine. Caesarea Philippi was situated at the foot of Lebanon near the sources of the Jordan in Gaulantis and was formerly called Paneas, but after being rebuilt by Philip the tetrarch, it was called by him Caesarea in honor of Tiberius Caesar. So the next day those of the company of Paul came unto Caesarea and entered into the house of Philip the evangelist. The Greek word for evangelist is euangelistes, which means a bringer of good news. And that is what Philip was doing with his four daughters. This name is given in the New Testament to those heralds of salvation through Christ who is not apostles. We were blessed with the famous evangelist Billy Graham who preached the gospel for over 70 yrs. to more people than any evangelists before him. How we are blessed and there will be many souls in the kingdom of God because of his preaching.

  • #And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais and saluted the brethren and abode with them one day. Acts 21:7

    Ptolemais was a maritime city of Phoenicia, which got its name, apparently from Ptolemy Lathyrus who captured it and rebuilt it more beautifully in Judges 1:31 So when the disciples finished their course from Tyre they came to Ptolemais where they saluted the brethren and abode with them one day. Thank God for the true brethren of the Lord Jesus Christ who believed in saluting and honoring the brethren which the scripture commands us to do. Today being a minister, many people will gossip about him rather than salute him. The scripture says let those who rule well be worthy of double honor. So let us salute and give thanks to those who serve the Lord Jesus Christ as Paul is doing in Ptolemais. We thank God also for the Supreme Court for doing a good thing in reaffirming the Second Amendment rights of Gun owners and Congress for passing justly gun reform legislation. If one life is saved it will be worth it all.

  • #And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city and we kneeled down on the shore and prayed. Acts 21:5

    The Greek word for accomplished is exartizo which means to complete, to equip fully. It comes from ek and a derivative of artios: to finish out, accomplish thoroughly finish. That is what the disciples helped Paul and his company to do in those days, and once the work of strengthening the churches was finished, they departed and went our way. And they all brought us on our way with wives and children. The question is did Paul have a wife and children? The bible does not tell us specifically if he did or didn't, but we glean from this text that he could have. Then once they were out of the city, we kneeled down on the shore and prayed. This is a great place to have a prayer meeting on the beach shore as it is what the Lord Jesus did on Galilee just before His ascension into heaven. The family that prays together often stays together so I highly encourage you to take your family to the beach shore and have a prayer meeting. This will be a warm time for spiritual renewal and fellowship.

  • #And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. Acts 21:4

    The Greek word for disciples is Manthano, which means a learner, i.e. Pupil and that is what we all are learners at the feet of Jesus. So the disciples tarried there seven days: who had said to Paul by the power of the Holy Spirit not to go to Jerusalem. Paul is being warned many times by the Spirit through the disciples. We should pay attention when God gives other people warning that their life may be in danger. I myself received such a warning by a disciple of the Lord after being told not to let them put you under. I know that God warns us in many ways such as through dreams, and a trance. We must pay attention to these warnings when they come to us. For the God of all comfort is the one who comforts us in all of our troubles, so that we too can give consolation to others. I thank God for the Holy Spirit who is our paraclete who comes beside us in times of danger to give comfort to us. I think about Daniel in the lions' dens who was comforted when God sent the angel to shut the lions' mouths. Truly we are in a lion's den in this world for the Lord Jesus told us that in this world we will have tribulation, but to be of good cheer because I have overcome the world. Therefore we too are more than conquerors through the Lord Jesus Christ.


  • #Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left on the left hand and sailed into Syria and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden. Acts 21:3

    The Greek word for Cyprus is Kypros, which was an island at the east end of the Mediterranean Sea. It was a very fertile and delightful island of the Mediterranean, lying between Cilicia and Syria. It was close to Paul's home- town. So we left it on the left hand and sailed into Syria and landed at Tyre. The Greek name for Tyre was Tyros, a city of Phoenicia, a place in Palestine. From Aramaic, a rock. Tyre was a Phoenicia city on the Mediterranean, very ancient, large splendid, flourishing in commerce, and a powerful trip by land and sea. In the time of Christ and the apostles, it was subject to the Romans but continued to possess considerable wealth and prosperity down to A.D. 1291. It was mentioned in Acts 21:3,7 in company with Sidon. Jesus said that they would have repented had the gospel been preached to them. The Greek word for to unlade is apophortizomai, which means to discharge a cargo. So their burden in the Greek was gomos. so after leaving Tyre they had a vast cargo to discharge with lots of merchandise. 


  • #And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth. Acts 21:2

    The Greek word for Phenicia is Phoinike, which was a region North of Galilee. It was a palm country, a region of Palestine. Phenicia in the apostolic age was a tract of the province of Syria, situated on the coast of the Mediterranean between the river Eleutherus and the promontory of Carmel, some thirty miles long. This is where Paul is being led by the Holy Spirit so they went aboard the ship and set sail. What a blessing this was for Paul and his companions are spreading the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and turning the world upside down for Jesus. This is what we need to do these days with so many suffering from mental illness and needing saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose grace is sufficient to see us through this illness. For His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. Let us continue to pray that Congress will pass gun legislation to protect people with serious mental illness from hurting themselves or others. Thoughts and prayers are good, but we have to put them into action by passing legislation that will lead to real change so that we can turn the tide on gun violence and stop children from being killed in classrooms. Schools should be a place of safety and not where teachers must arm themselves against gun violence from mentally ill individuals who need help. States need to have more mental health clinics for those suffering to get the help they need before they explode mentally. 

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