New Testament Stories My Daddy Told Me
THE PROPHECY OF AGABUS (Acts 21:1-14)
By Wayne S. Walker
When Paul had finished his tearful meeting at Miletus with the elders of the church in Ephesus, he and his company departed from them and set sail. They first came to the long, narrow island of Cos or Koos which was the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Next they stopped at Rhodes, a large island where once had stood a great Colossus or statue of Helios, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then, they landed at Patara, a seaport of Lycia, and found a ship sailing to Phoenicia.
From Patara, they sailed past Cyprus to Syria and landed at Tyre where the ship was to unload its cargo. Finding a band of disciples, they remained there seven days, undoubtedly to assemble with them on the first day of the week. At the end of that time, all the Tyrian brethren, with their wives and children, accompanied Paul to the shore, where they all knelt down and prayed. Then Paul and his company entered the ship, and the disciples went home. The ship stopped at Ptolmais, also known as Accho, where Paul and his companions greeted the brethren and stayed with them one day.
The next day, they departed and came to Caesarea, where they entered the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the seven servants who had earlier been chosen to serve the Grecian widows in Jerusalem and also had seven daughters who prophesied. While they stayed there many days, a prophet from Jerusalem named Agabus came, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own hands and feet to warn Paul what would happen if he went to Jerusalem. Everyone pled with Paul not to go, but he said that he was ready not only to be bound but to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord, so they replied, “The will of the Lord be done.”
- What did Paul and his company do following their tearful meeting with the Ephesian elders?
- How long did Paul stay with the Tyrian disciples?
- When he left Tyre, what did the Tyrian brethren do?
- At Caesarea, in whose house did they stay?
- How many daughters did this man have?
- What were these daughters able to do?
- What did Agabus warn Paul would happen in Jerusalem?
- How did Paul respond?
- What did everyone say at Paul’s response?