[Linux4christians] Thursday - Acts 27:1-26
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Wed Nov 9 22:38:02 EST 2011
Paul and Company Sail for Rome
27:1 When it was decided we would sail to Italy, they handed over Paul
and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named
Julius. 27:2 We went on board a ship from Adramyttium that was about to
sail to various ports along the coast of the province of Asia and put
out to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica.
27:3 The next day we put in at Sidon, and Julius, treating Paul kindly,
allowed him to go to his friends so they could provide him with what he
needed. 27:4 From there we put out to sea and sailed under the lee of
Cyprus because the winds were against us. 27:5 After we had sailed
across the open sea off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we put in at Myra in
Lycia. 27:6 There the centurion found a ship from Alexandria sailing for
Italy, and he put us aboard it. 27:7 We sailed slowly for many days and
arrived with difficulty off Cnidus. Because the wind prevented us from
going any farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. 27:8
With difficulty we sailed along the coast of Crete and came to a place
called Fair Havens that was near the town of Lasea.
Caught in a Violent Storm
27:9 Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous
because the fast was already over, Paul advised them, 27:10 "Men, I can
see the voyage is going to end in disaster and great loss not only of
the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives." 27:11 But the centurion
was more convinced by the captain and the ship's owner than by what Paul
said. 27:12 Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in,
the majority decided to put out to sea from there. They hoped that
somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete facing southwest and
northwest, and spend the winter there. 27:13 When a gentle south wind
sprang up, they thought they could carry out their purpose, so they
weighed anchor and sailed close along the coast of Crete. 27:14 Not long
after this, a hurricane-force wind called the northeaster blew down from
the island. 27:15 When the ship was caught in it and could not head into
the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. 27:16 As we ran under
the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were able with difficulty to
get the ship's boat under control. 27:17 After the crew had hoisted it
aboard, they used supports to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run
aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor, thus letting
themselves be driven along. 27:18 The next day, because we were
violently battered by the storm, they began throwing the cargo
overboard, 27:19 and on the third day they threw the ship's gear
overboard with their own hands. 27:20 When neither sun nor stars
appeared for many days and a violent storm continued to batter us, we
finally abandoned all hope of being saved.
27:21 Since many of them had no desire to eat, Paul stood up among them
and said, "Men, you should have listened to me and not put out to sea
from Crete, thus avoiding this damage and loss. 27:22 And now I advise
you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among
you, but only the ship will be lost. 27:23 For last night an angel of
the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me 27:24 and said, 'Do
not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before Caesar, and God has
graciously granted you the safety of all who are sailing with you.'
27:25 Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that
it will be just as I have been told. 27:26 But we must run aground on
Lord, You blessed Paul's fellow travelers as a testimony to the truth of
Paul's report about You. May I be faithful enough that You will choose
to bless others in some small way through me.
Summary & Commentary
Paul was transferred to a prison ship bound for Italy. After slow travel
due to difficulties with the wind, and several planned stops -including
one where the Centurion allowed Paul's friends to meet his needs - they
Paul warned them that due to the winter season they faced shipwreck but
they continued on.
They found themselves in a violent storm and after struggling for many
days gave up hope of survival. Paul reminded them that he had warned
them, then he shared that an angel of God had promised him than none of
them would be lost but the ship and cargo would.
As they were about to be shipwrecked Paul calls to them to eat for strength.
The Lord God protected Paul from murder, provided many ministry
opportunities, told him he'd preach in Rome, and now protected him and
his companions from harm on the way to Rome.
Isn't it amazing how the Lord God either calms or manages storms as His
great purposes require?
When all others have given up hope God assured Paul then Paul in turn
When have you observed a man of God being ignored, only to be the one
people turn to when all else fails and they need a wise leader?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to show me someone, or a group, that is sailing into
an avoidable storm due to arrogance and/or ignorance.
Today I will pray for protection, for ministry opportunities, and to be
used by God to bring eternal hope into the lives of the hopeless.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Friday's text will be:
Acts 27:27 -- 28:10
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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