[Linux4christians] Friday - Acts 27:27 – 28:10
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Thu Nov 10 21:15:46 EST 2011
Acts 27:27 – 28:10
27:27 When the fourteenth night had come, while we were being driven
across the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors suspected they were
approaching some land. 27:28 They took soundings and found the water was
twenty fathoms deep; when they had sailed a little farther they took
soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms deep. 27:29 Because
they were afraid that we would run aground on the rocky coast, they
threw out four anchors from the stern and wished for day to appear.
27:30 Then when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and were
lowering the ship’s boat into the sea, pretending that they were going
to put out anchors from the bow, 27:31 Paul said to the centurion and
the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be
saved.” 27:32 Then the soldiers cut the ropes of the ship’s boat and let
it drift away.
27:33 As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food,
saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have been in suspense and have
gone without food; you have eaten nothing. 27:34 Therefore I urge you to
take some food, for this is important for your survival. For not one of
you will lose a hair from his head.”
27:35 After he said this, Paul took bread and gave thanks to God in
front of them all, broke it, and began to eat. 27:36 So all of them were
encouraged and took food themselves. 27:37 (We were in all two hundred
seventy-six persons on the ship.) 27:38 When they had eaten enough to be
satisfied, they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat into the sea.
Paul is Shipwrecked
27:39 When day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a
bay with a beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they
could. 27:40 So they slipped the anchors and left them in the sea, at
the same time loosening the linkage that bound the steering oars
together. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and steered toward
the beach. 27:41 But they encountered a patch of crosscurrents and ran
the ship aground; the bow stuck fast and could not be moved, but the
stern was being broken up by the force of the waves. 27:42 Now the
soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners so that none of them would
escape by swimming away. 27:43 But the centurion, wanting to save Paul’s
life, prevented them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who
could swim to jump overboard first and get to land, 27:44 and the rest
were to follow, some on planks and some on pieces of the ship. And in
this way all were brought safely to land.
Paul on Malta
28:1 After we had safely reached shore, we learned that the island was
called Malta. 28:2 The local inhabitants showed us extraordinary
kindness, for they built a fire and welcomed us all because it had
started to rain and was cold.
28:3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood and was putting it on
the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on
28:4 When the local people saw the creature hanging from Paul’s hand,
they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he
has escaped from the sea, Justice herself has not allowed him to live!”
28:5 However, Paul shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no
harm. 28:6 But they were expecting that he was going to swell up or
suddenly drop dead. So after they had waited a long time and had seen
nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was
28:7 Now in the region around that place were fields belonging to the
chief official of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and
entertained us hospitably as guests for three days. 28:8 The father of
Publius lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went
in to see him and after praying, placed his hands on him and healed him.
28:9 After this had happened, many of the people on the island who were
sick also came and were healed.
28:10 They also bestowed many honors, and when we were preparing to
sail, they gave us all the supplies we needed.
Lord, the enemy attacked Paul via a snake and the superstitious people
thought it was a judgment of his sin, but You turned the enemy's attack
to good. May I prayerfully await Your transformation of attacks, that
come due to my faithful service to you, into a witness for Your power
and presence to others.
Summary & Commentary
Paul warned the captain that everyone had to remain on the ship or none
would be saved, and so the sailors who had schemed to sneak away in a
small boat were stopped.
Paul encouraged them all to eat as it had been a long time in-crisis
then gave thanks to God, broke-bread, and ate before them - they ate as
well then discarded the rest of the wheat to lighten the ship. They
grounded the ship in shallow water because the storm still threatened.
They were successful and, as Paul had prophesied, all were safe.
The shipwrecked crew, including Paul, discovered that they had landed on
the Island of Malta. The citizens there were friendly.
Paul was bitten by a viper and suddenly their superstition labeled him a
murderer - but when he was not harmed they imagined him a god.
The Holy Spirit used Paul as His vessel of healing for the father of the
chief official of the Island as well as many others. [Note: The text
does not record Paul as having the opportunity to preach Christ, though
he undoubtedly shared Christ with everyone he met, nor does it record
any who accepted Christ at the time. It could be that the Holy Spirit
used Paul to plant seeds for a future harvest there.]
Because of Paul's faithfulness to Christ the people were blessed by the
Lord God and they sent he and his fellow travelers away with many gifts
Paul, despite being a prisoner, became a major leader on the ship and on
Isn't it interesting that Paul was faithfulness as a vessel of God in
healing and sharing on Malta despite the persistent confused-thinking of
the people? Might one conclude that the Lord God discerned that they had
teachable spirits and the Holy Spirit had prepared them to listen?
Does this seem to be yet another case where pagans attempted to impose
their views upon God's work, first the superstition that one bitten by a
viper must be an unpunished murderer (interestingly that was true about
Paul), and then that he must be a "god" since the viper had no effect on
When have you observed a person in ministry first resisted then received?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me any place in my thinking where any
pagan value system may exist.
Today I will ask a fellow believer to pray in agreement with me to
discern any place in my life where a pagan value system has gained
foothold unnoticed and the strength and wisdom to excise it.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Saturday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
Savannah-Statesboro needs a Bible College/Seminary!
Personal Site: http://bibleseven.com
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Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
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