Posts Tagged ‘Paul’s voyage to Rome’

Acts 27:39-44 Land Ho

ALL made it to safety, thanks to GOD

As we concluded our reading yesterday, the soldiers had just cut to ropes of the lifeboats so the sailors would stay on board through the night. Paul warned them that if they didn’t remain with him that they would die. It is morning now and it’s time to abandon ship.

Our motley crew is still lost, as far as they know. They have not been able to establish their position in their own minds but they see land and are more than willing to make for it. The sea has been driving them until the previous night when they put down anchors to prevent a night time shipwreck. Now they cast themselves back on its mercies. And drive them for land it did. I noticed that they also kept back enough tackle and sail for the foresail. Is it the only one that survived the earlier storms? Read more »

Acts 27:13-38 You Should Have Listened

Taking the LONG way around

We left Paul and his companions as they put out to sea to try and make it along Crete from Fair Haven to Phoenix for the winter. For some reason Fair Haven was not a suitable harbor for winter. It was already late into the year and risky business to even attempt that jaunt. But the Julius, the centurion in charge would not be persuaded to wait.

We pick up with our jolly band of travelers making it to Phoenix and stopping for a while. We don’t know how long they were there but it was NOT long enough. Impatience of Julius spurred them on again at the first sign of fair weather. Hadn’t he ever heard of a “False Spring?” I wonder if Paul tried to stop them from setting out again. Julius had already demonstrated that he wasn’t concerned about Paul’s opinion in this area, so maybe not. Read more »

Acts 27:1-12 Anchors Away

On the way to Caesar

The travel itinerary in today’s reading is all by sea. Paul is on his way to Rome to stand before Caesar. Luke and a few other friends of Paul join in this voyage too.

We are not told how long between King Agrippa’s audience with Paul and the decision to finally send him to Caesar was. It could have been days, weeks or even months before they finally set sail. I’m sure it took at least a couple of days because they had to find a ship going their way.

Paul was not the only prisoner being transported in this group. We don’t know how many other prisoners there were either, but we know Paul had at least two traveling companions who went with him. The first is Luke and the second is Aristarchus. The head centurion over this expedition was named Julius. Read more »