Paul at the Temple - Acts 21:26-36 * 10-8-17

Paul At The Temple

Acts 21: 26-36

 

I.                Purification (vs. 26-27)

a. In following the recommendation of the Church leaders in Jerusalem Paul accompanies the four men who had taken a vow of purification which required the final seven days be spent in the temple.  He paid their temple fee etc.  What happens as the seven days is almost done? _______________________________________________

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b. Why is it not surprising that the Jews from Asia accosted Paul like this?  ______________________________

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c.  What tactic had the Jews in Asia tried to eliminate Paul while in Asia? _______________________________

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d. How successful were they in raising a mob against Paul? ________________________________________

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II. The Accusation (vs. 27-31)

          a.  Did any of the Jews from Jerusalem find cause to lay hands on Paul prior to the Asian Jews accusation? ______

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          b.  What was the basis of their accusation? ___________________________________________________

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c. What specific detail of the accusation caused the biggest stir? ____________________________________

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d.  Although the barracks was not far from the Temple how serious was the clamor that it immediately got the Roman’s attention? ___________________________________________________________________

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III.            Rescued from the Mob (vs. 31-36)

a.  How quickly do the commander and soldiers respond to the uproar? _______________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________

b. Where is Paul when the commander arrives? _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________

c. Why would the commander place Paul in chains? _____________________________________________

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d. Why was the commander not able to ascertain what Paul had done to incite the mob? ___________________

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e. How easy is it for the soldiers to get Paul out of there? _________________________________________

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IV. Application:  In spite of trying to do everything right to prove his loyalty to God and Judaism Paul still finds himself in trouble.  Can we always avoid trouble? ________ Why or why not? ______________________________________

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