Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.
The customary sea route takes them out and around the coastal cities, avoiding the “ins and outs” of the coastline. This way they can bypass the busy port of Ephesus, save time, and hopefully reach Jerusalem by the festival of Pentecost. It was at the Pentecost celebration in Jerusalem many years’ prior when the Spirit came as Jesus said it would. At that time, there were Jewish people from all over the world visiting the city; many of them had become Christians and stayed in Jerusalem. Since that time Jerusalem and the region had experienced a severe famine and the people were suffering; Paul was bringing money from the churches all over the world to care for those who were in need. This gift would be a practical demonstration of the unity of the church, many nations in many places but one Lord (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Remember your identity. “In Christ Jesus you are all children of God by faith” Galatians 3:26