Acts 21: Kill Him!

Is anyone else struck by how much the account of Peter’s and now Paul’s life in Acts parallels Jesus’ life?

For instance, just in today’s reading alone, we are approaching the end of Acts and Paul is in the Temple doing an act of “purification.”  Unbelieving Jews have charges trumped-up against him.  A mob demands that Paul be killed.  Yesterday we saw Paul in a “Gethsemane moment” of solitude and a “last supper” with dear disciples in Ephesus.  Next, we will see a series of Jewish and Romans trials that are anything but conclusive.  I have never noticed this parallelism before.

Maybe the point is that Jesus’ followers will be exactly that: followers.  They will share the experiences of Jesus.

Have you noticed this?  In what details?  

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6 thoughts on “Acts 21: Kill Him!

  1. Trent Williamson

    This doesn’t really relate to your parallelism at all – but one thing that jumps out at me is that in Acts 20:5 the “he, they, them………” is replaced by “we.” Does Luke join Paul in Philippi? I’ve just never noticed that before.

    On another note (much more personal) I think I may be experiencing some “Gethsemane & last supper” moments in these my final days at New Hope.

    • There was a small “we” section in Acts 16:10-17, indicating Luke joined the travel party in Troas and then off to Macedonia/Philippi. Easy to miss. There is also a theory that Luke is “Lucius of Cyrene” from 13:1, one of the leaders in the church at Antioch.

      I’ll bet these are bittersweet times for you right now. Gather those “elders” around and pass on pearls of wisdom. You love them and they know it. We have prayed thankfully for your arrival, but we have also prayed supportively for their loss. But God is providing, even still.

  2. Trent Williamson

    And yet I rest in people of Ptolemais’ words/perspective in verse 14 – “The Lord’s will be done.”

  3. Melanie Semore

    Everyone is jumping to conclusions–incorrect ones! Paul didn’t bring a Greek into the temple. Paul wasn’t the Egyptian thug. Yet Paul seems not to spend time trying to clear himself. He seems fixed on his mission: to proclaim Jesus as often and to as many people as possible. He sees obstacles as opportunities–a lesson I need to learn.

  4. There seems to be within humans this impulse to avoid problems. Darwin had something to say about that, didn’t he? I am afraid I follow this impulse a lot of the time.

    But Jesus didn’t. He walked resolutely into Jerusalem, where he knew death awaited. Now in today’s chapter we see Paul do the same.

    The Syrian Christians beg Paul not to travel down to Jerusalem. It is a fool’s errand. Only death awaits.

    It is Paul’s response that stands out to me today. “You’re looking at this backwards. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me . . . but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience.”

    I would like to have that attitude some time soon.

  5. “Because we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said nothing more except ‘May the will of the Lord be done'” (21:14).

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