Friday, May 14, 2010

Acts 18:18-23

18Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchrea because of a vow he had taken. 19They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. 21But as he left, he promised, "I will come back if it is God's will." Then he set sail from Ephesus.

22When he landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.

23After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.

2nd Missionary Journey
comes to an end

Leaving a well established church in Corinth, Paul cuts his hair probably as a temporary Nazirite vow that ended with shaving his head and offering the hair as a sacrifice.(Numbers 6:18) He traveled to Ephesus with Priscilla & Aquila. (This couple worked side by side with Paul and could become a great study by itself look at Romans 16:3-5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; and 2 Timothy 4:19)

As Paul said farewell to the brethren in Antioch of Syria, he had no idea that he would never see them again. A great lesson in saying "Good-bye," never part from someone without making sure that nothing in your relationship will haunt you if you never see him or her again.

In summary of his 2nd trip, Paul left the church in Antioch and headed toward Ephesus, but along the way he revisited the church in Galatia & Phygia, then on to Philippi, Thessalonica Berea, Athens and arrived in Corinth. The heart of this trip was a lengthy stay in Corinth. Then he traveled through Ephesus to get back to Caesarea, where he greeted the church before he went back to Antioch.

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