Summary of passage: Paul tells the Romans he plans to visit them on his way to Spain. However, now he’s headed to Jerusalem to deliver funds he has raised from Macedonia and Achaia. The Gentiles owe the Jews for sharing in the spiritual blessings. After this trip, he is headed to them.
10) He longed to visit the Roman church but he needed first to go to Jerusalem to deliver funds he has raised from his travels to Macedonia and Achaia.
11) Duties come first. Paul wants to go to Rome but first has to deliver the funds he has raised. Priorities are important.
12) Part personal Question. My answer: Macedonia and Achaia 1) were pleased to donate 2) had a duty to donate to the Jews since they now share in the spiritual blessing. Giving is a blessing and should be grateful to do so and we should give to those who have helped us along the way.
Conclusions: Put God’s will for your life first. You will be blessed for doing so. God’s will leads to unexpected plans for your life!
End Notes: Paul wrote Romans while traveling to raise funds for famine relief. In another letter (2 Corinthians 8) he gives more details on this mercy mission on behalf of the Jews in Jerusalem. Paul’s actions set an example of unity for a church composed of both Jews and Gentiles–unity sorely needed by groups wracked by the divisions described in Chapter 14.
Paul’s pioneer work came first. Paul probably wanted Rome to be his base of operations for the western part of the empire, even as Antioch was his base for the eastern part.
Paul had these plans; yet things did not work out according to his plans. He did go to Rome, yet not as a missionary on his way to Spain. He went to Rome as a prisoner awaiting trial before Caesar, where he would preach the gospel on a different kind of frontier.
God had other plans for Paul, which led to unexpected opportunities. As a prisoner, Paul was able to preach to the Roman emperor!
After his release from the Roman imprisonment at the end of the Book of Acts, Paul did in fact make it to Spain and preached the gospel there.
Paul thought he would stop in Corinth on his way to Jerusalem to deliver a collection from Christians in Macedonia and Achaia (Acts 20:1-3).
Paul sets the example: We should help those who have helped us. The Gentile Christians of the broader Roman empire had received so much spiritually from the community of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, it was only right that they help the Jerusalem Christians in their need. Paul wanted to present this gift personally to convey the lvoe and concern of the Gentile churches for their Jewish brothers and sisters in Christ.