Paul now finds himself in Caesarea, visiting our friend Philip from earlier in our Acts adventures. While there, a prophet named Agabus visits and warns Paul he will be arrested and killed if he continues on to Jerusalem. His traveling company and the people in the town plead with Paul to change his mind and instead avoid Jerusalem. Paul responds with great offense: “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.” Pastor Phil pointed us to Matthew 16 where Jesus faces a comparable situation, knowing the fate that awaits him and having those closest to him pleading with him to avoid it. Paul and Jesus both knew what they had to do and the necessity for it.
In terms of hearing prophetic words akin to Paul’s experience, Pastor Phil challenged us to not be dissuaded by them:
We are each responsible for how we interpret messages that are intended for us.
When we are lead to take action, the responsibility is on us to do so.
We have to make sure our ears are turned to God, and to trust our gut feelings.
God presents us with opportunities to interact with His kingdom every day. We must strive to take advantage of them when possible.