(44 verses, 5:35 to read)
What I am about to READ
- “To Caesar you have appealed; and to Caesar you shall go” (Acts 25:12). This chapter gives a report on Paul’s imprisoned journey to Rome, which includes many hardships and a shipwreck.
MARK & LEARN
- This chapter gives us the account of Paul’s treacherous voyage to Rome. The chapter can be highlighted by the words Paul speaks to the centurion and crew.
- 9-10: Paul advised them, saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” Paul knew this voyage was going to be disastrous. But his warning was not heard.
- 21-26: Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we must run aground on some island.” Through direct revelation (an angel spoke to him), Paul changes his warning. The Lord has assured him that no one will die on this voyage, but the ship is going to be toast. So Paul urges the men to take heart; they will survive. Paul gives us an outstanding example of faith: for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. Faith believes and trusts God’s word – it will be exactly as He has said.
- 33-34: Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” Once again, Paul believes and trusts in God’s promise. No one will perish; they will survive. Since God is faithful and true, there’s no sense in the crew starving themselves. Paul urges them to eat and strengthen themselves for what lies ahead.
- 39-44: Paul’s prophecy came true. The angel’s message was true. God is faithful and true and keeps His promises. The ship does perish, but no life is lost. God used the centurion to save Paul’s life, as well as the life of the fellow prisoners and crew.
- Faith believes and trusts in God’s word. Paul says, “[F]or I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.” In the face of horrific storms, howling winds, and waves crashing against us on all sides, faith clings to God’s word. Faith clings to God’s promises despite the appearance of injury and much loss, perhaps even death. Faith clings to our anchor, Jesus Christ. God’s word is certain and true; it will be exactly as He has told us!
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.