Acts 21:20-25

20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. 21 They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. 22 What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, 23 so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. 24 Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. 25 As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.”

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One response to “Acts 21:20-25

  1. I see a giant struggle here. Paul understands the true message of grace and he has been risking his life to share it. He returns to the center of the Christian face and they smack him in the face with a giant copy of the law.

    These leaders want to remind believers that salvation comes with the high price tag of legalism and Paul wants to share grace and deliverance.

    As much as this puts me off, it also gives me a mirror to examine my own judgmental ideas and legalism.

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