[Linux4christians] Saturday - Acts 28:11-31
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Fri Nov 11 22:11:55 EST 2011
Paul Finally Reaches Rome
28:11 After three months we put out to sea in an Alexandrian ship that
had wintered at the island and had the "Heavenly Twins" as its
figurehead. 28:12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.
28:13 From there we cast off and arrived at Rhegium, and after one day a
south wind sprang up and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 28:14
There we found some brothers and were invited to stay with them seven
days. And in this way we came to Rome.
28:15 The brothers from there, when they heard about us, came as far as
the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. When he saw them, Paul
thanked God and took courage.
28:16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with
the soldier who was guarding him.
Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome
28:17 After three days Paul called the local Jewish leaders together.
When they had assembled, he said to them, "Brothers, although I had done
nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, from
Jerusalem I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 28:18 When they
had heard my case, they wanted to release me, because there was no basis
for a death sentence against me.
28:19 But when the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar --
not that I had some charge to bring against my own people. 28:20 So for
this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, for I am bound
with this chain because of the hope of Israel."
28:21 They replied, "We have received no letters from Judea about you,
nor have any of the brothers come from there and reported or said
anything bad about you. 28:22 But we would like to hear from you what
you think, for regarding this sect we know that people everywhere speak
28:23 They set a day to meet with him, and they came to him where he was
staying in even greater numbers. From morning until evening he explained
things to them, testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to
convince them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets.
28:24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others refused to
believe. 28:25 So they began to leave, unable to agree among themselves,
after Paul made one last statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to
your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah 28:26 when he said,
their ears are hard of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, so that
they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and
understand with their heart /*and*//**//*turn,*/
28:28 "Therefore be advised that this salvation from God has been sent
to the Gentiles; they will listen!"
28:30 Paul lived there two whole years in his own rented quarters and
welcomed all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and
teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete boldness and without
Lord, You enabled Paul to survive murderous plots in order that he might
be Your instrument to preach Christ in Rome. He did so and some received
Your truth while others rejected it. May I be faithful, no matter the
resistance, and know that I am in partnership with Your Holy Spirit and
that the harvest is Yours.
Summary & Commentary
After many months of travel Paul reached Rome, met some
brothers-in-Christ, and was allowed to reside outside of prison with his
Paul addressed the Jewish leaders in Rome, explaining the false charges
in Caesarea and Jerusalem and his need to appeal to Caesar to avoid
their efforts to murder him. The locals replied that they had received
no letters or visitors carrying any charges against Paul. They did note
that there was a general negativity against Christianity and wanted to
hear about it first-hand from Paul.
Paul preached Christ to the religious leaders and their followers, some
believed but many refused, at which time Paul declared that he would
also share Christ with the Gentiles because they were more likely to listen.
Paul preached and taught anyone who would listen, Jew or Gentile in
Rome, for two years.
According to the NET Translator's Notes verse 28:29 is omitted in many
modern translations as better scholarship has determined that it has a
high probability of being a scribal addition rather than of the earliest
No matter how he tried the enemy could not keep Paul from preaching in Rome.
Why were the Gentiles more receptive than the Jews?
Paul always started with the Jews by declaring his history of felicity
to Jewish law and his service as a zealous religious leader, then he
reminded them of the prophesies, and finally he showed them how it all
led to Christ.
When have you been surprised at the unexpected receptivity of a person
or group instead of those whom you expected to be receptive to Biblical
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a person of group you have ignored
but who are ready to hear.
Today I will reach out to that person or group whom the Holy Spirit has
revealed and I will share with them the message of Christ.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Sunday's text will be: Romans 1 - 3
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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