Acts 21 # 2 — Photo Illustrations – Tyre

Luke records the journey from Patara to Tyre in these words:

 2 and having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.  3 When we came in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left, we kept sailing to Syria and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload its cargo.  4 After looking up the disciples, we stayed there seven days; and they kept telling Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem.  5 When our days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, escorted us until we were out of the city. After kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another.  6 Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home again.  7 When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and after greeting the brethren, we stayed with them for a day.  (Acts 21:2-7 NAU)

Tyre was well known to the Old Testament writers, especially the prophet Ezekiel. In Ezekiel 26-28 you will find a proclamation against Tyre, a prophetic lamentation over the fall of the city, and a proclamation against the king of Tyre.

The ministry of Jesus took Him to the district of Tyre and Sidon (Matthew 15:21).

The disciples, with wives and children, escorted Paul and his companions out of the city. The group kneeled and prayed on the beach before saying farewell to one another.

Tyre was once an important Phoenician city, but is now a small town known as Sur in Lebanon. It has a small fishing port that you see in the photograph below.

A fisherman works with his nets in the small harbor of Tyre. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

A fisherman works with his nets in the small harbor of Tyre. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

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