10 我們在那裡多住了幾天。有一個先知，名叫亞迦布，從猶太下來。11 到了我們這裡，就拿保羅的腰帶捆上自己的手腳，說：「聖靈說：『猶太人在耶路撒冷要如此捆綁這腰帶的主人，把他交在外邦人手裡。』 」 12 我們和那本地的人聽見這話，都苦勸保羅不要上耶路撒冷去。13 保羅說：「你們為甚麼這樣痛哭，使我心碎呢？我為主耶穌的名，不但被人捆綁，就是死在耶路撒冷也是願意的。」 14 保羅既不聽勸，我們便住了口，只說「願主的旨意成就「便了。15 過了幾日，我們收拾行李上耶路撒冷去。16 有凱撒利亞的幾個門徒和我們同去，帶我們到一個久為（註：「久為」或作「老」）門徒的家裡，叫我們與他同住；他名叫拿孫，是塞浦路斯人。
10After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11Coming over to us, he took Paul's belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, "The Holy Spirit says, 'In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.' " 12When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." 14When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, "The Lord's will be done." 15After this, we got ready and went up to Jerusalem. 16Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and brought us to the home of Manson, where we were to stay. He was a man from Cyprus and one of the early disciples.
- Believers in Caesarea pleaded Paul not to go to Jerusalem, but to no avail. So, they said, “The Lord’s will be done.” Compare this with the Lord’s Prayer: “your kingdom come, your will be done”; and Jesus’ prayer “Not my will, but your will be done” in Gethsemane. Is there any similarity and difference?
- How would this prayer explain who’s really in control of my life. Now, who’s in charge of my life? Is God in his rightful place in my life, or is there another “god” seated on that throne?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Family Time (Begin this time by reading the passage above using a children’s Bible.)
Discuss this passage. Why did the Holy Spirit tell Agabus what will happen to Paul in Jerusalem? But won’t Paul listen to this warning and stayed away? Discuss and explain the two questions in Meditation above. Ask: Who is in control of your life? Record the discussion in your Family Devotional Journal.