Acts 27:22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
.Shipwreck on the way to Rome
.Launched from Sidon [modern day Lebanon]
.Made it to the island of Crete
.Paul says for them not to set sail again- because this time of the year the winds get bad
.The commander rejects Paul’s advice
.They sail and the ‘North east front ‘ gets them
.Then the shipwreck- stuck at Malta- a known island just south of Sicily
.Why all the history- geography here?
.Luke is writing a 1st century history of the events surrounding Jesus and his early followers
.How the movement spread- where they went- and all of this history is indeed true
.Lot’s of the historical evidence in Act’s does confirm the bible- that’s in not just a bunch of made up fables
.Yes- the critics challenge the faith- and have tried to discredit Christianity
.But the faith of the church is not founded on fairy tales- but historical truth
.And even the ship wrecks and the islands they landed on in the 1st century- show the bible to be true after all
ACTS 27- Paul heads to Rome! He sets sail under guard and has a few harrowing experiences. He warns the ships captain not to sail at one stop, the time of severe weather is at hand. They refuse to listen, they set sail and wind up almost dying. Paul gives them a classic ‘I told you so!’ and says ‘don’t worry, an angel from God appeared to me and told me your lives will be spared’ [poor Paul, when is he going to see that these prophetic experiences are ruining his ministry!] they all swim to shore after the ship gets stuck off shore. At one point while still stuck in the water Paul tells them ‘you guys have not eaten in 14 days, have some food’ he breaks bread, thanks God and invites them to eat. I really see this as a type of ‘Lords supper’ thing. I have showed you guys in the past that the early church practiced a type of ‘common meal’. They seemed to take Jesus words in John 6 [Paul in Corinthians too] to teach that ‘as oft as you do this’ [do what? As oft as you get together and eat a meal from this time forth, you will remember that your actual spiritual life is pictured by you eating and drinking for physical life. I am your daily bread of life. You live because I live!]The early believers seemed to take it in this ‘buffet style’ way. So Paul seems to be holding some type of ‘invitation Lords meal’ and saying come and dine! At the end of this chapter Paul’s life is spared by the favor he had with the centurion Julius. God gave him protection to complete the mission. Paul has been witnessing of Jesus to all these [overblog- see here- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/11/06/acts-27/ ]gentile [Roman] authorities and he will take it to Rome. Ultimately it will take 3 centuries before the whole kingdom [Roman Empire] will bow the knee, but Paul was the firebrand who set the match.