When I finish this, I am going to Spain (Rom 15:28)

“When I have completed this,

And have delivered

These fruitful resources,

I will set out by way of you

To Spain.”

τοῦτο οὖν ἐπιτελέσας, καὶ σφραγισάμενος αὐτοῖς τὸν καρπὸν τοῦτον, ἀπελεύσομαι δι’ ὑμῶν εἰς Σπανίαν·

Paul said that when he had completed this task (τοῦτο οὖν ἐπιτελέσας), and had delivered these resources or fruits (καὶ σφραγισάμενος αὐτοῖς τὸν καρπὸν τοῦτον) to the saints in Jerusalem, then he would set out (ἀπελεύσομαι) by way of them (δι’ ὑμῶν) in Rome to Spain (εἰς Σπανίαν).  Paul said that once he had completed this task of bringing the resources collected for the Jerusalem Jews, he would start his travel to Spain via Rome.  This was a great plan, but the activities in Jerusalem meant that he would be arrested and almost killed in Jerusalem, according to Acts, chapters 21-23.  Eventually, Paul ended up in Rome as an arrested Roman citizen appealing his case to the Roman Emperor, as at the end of Acts, chapter 28.  Thus, the best laid plans of mice and men rarely come out the way that they are planned.  Have you had travel plans that never came to fruition?

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