Paul continues his journey back to Jerusalem from Tyre to Ptolemais where he stayed one night with the brothers. When he arrived at Caesarea he went to see Philip the evangelist. “Philip is first mentioned in Acts 6:5 in the list of the seven original deacons. Not only was he a Spirit-filled Christian and a very wise man, he was also an extremely effective evangelist.”(1)
Philip had four daughters who prophesied. “What does prophesying mean? The original word is propheteuo, which means ‘to declare truths through the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit… to tell forth God’s message.’ A prophet is a ‘proclaimer, one who speaks out the counsel of God with clearness, energy, and authority.’ In ancient days, prior to His completed revelation, God often used prophets or “proclaimers” to warn people about the future. Virtually all God wanted foretold, He ultimately inspired in His written Word, the Bible. So the gift of prophecy is most often used today as the proclamation of God’s truth. Whether or not they foretold any part of the future, Philip’s four daughters – in today’s terms – were Christian speakers.” (2)
Paul also encountered another prophet by the name of Agabus who delivered a message through a parable. He predicted imprisonment awaited Paul in Jerusalem and all the people pleaded with Paul not to go with weeping (vs. 12). “The original word for ‘weeping’ is the strongest expression of grief in the Greek language. The men were sobbing. Paul responded tenderly, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?” (Acts 21:13) (3) Yet with Paul’s emotional response he never wandered from his faith to continue the journey set before him.
“We sometimes feel as if we’re playing tug-of-war with God. In bitter tears we sometimes let go of the rope, tumble to the ground, and cry, “Have your way, God!’ ‘God is not playing a game. He doesn’t jerk on the rope just so He can win. In fact, He doesn’t want us to let go of the rope at all… He wants us to hang on and let Him pull us over to His side. God’s will is always best even when we cannot imagine how. Surrendering to His will doesn’t mean you loose. Ultimately it means you win! Keep hanging on … and one day you’ll understand and will see His glory.”(4)
I couldn’t have said it more beautifully! Have a wonderful weekend!
(1-4) Paul, 90 Days on His Journey of Faith / Beth Moore / B & H Publishing