Acts 21:27–36 (ESV)
Paul Arrested in the Temple
27 When the
seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law
and this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then all the
city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. 31 And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32 He
at once took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the tribune came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what
he had done. 34 Some in the crowd were shouting one thing, some another. And as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. 35 And when he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because
of the violence of the crowd, 36 for the mob of the people followed, crying out, “Away with him!”
Well, it sounds like everything was going great for about seven days, then all the prophecies
on Paul come true. They warned him not to go and now they can say “I told you so!” Paul knew he was supposed to go and the people on the way to Jerusalem had warned him of trouble. Both were right. We see the Holy Spirit
guiding Paul and protecting him. It sounds like Paul took a beating, but kept on ticking. The Holy Spirit worked through the tribune (whether believing or not), the Holy Spirit used the tribune to rescue Paul. They have to carry him out,
but he is still alive. I think one thing we came take home from this is to not jump to conclusion without all the facts. The crowds went wild and uncontrolled based on misunderstandings.
O Lord, help us to not jump to conclusions without all the facts. Help us to not be led astray by confused crowds. I pray for the Holy Spirit to protect me and to guide me. Help me to be bold and to trust in you. Amen.