Acts 27

Author

Joel King

Scripture

Acts 27:1-44

Observation

· Paul is sent with a guard to Italy to stand trial before Caesar
· Julius, the guard in charge of Paul, allowed him to spend time with friends
· Luke describes the many places they went and the bad weather they faced along the way
· The delays were so much they ended up sailing at the beginning of the storm season
· Paul warned them not to continue, but they ignored his advice and ended up amidst a hurricane
· Luke describes the long battle with the hurricane and that those aboard believed they would die
· Finally Paul addresses those aboard and tells them about an angel who visited him the night before
· The angel said that Paul must stand before Caesar and so his life would be spared. The angel also said that his companions would be spared, though the ship itself was going to be sunk.
· After a couple of weeks being driven by the storm they found that they were nearing land.
· Some of the crew thought they were going to hit bottom, sink, and die. So they tried to sneak off in the life boats.
· Paul noticed and told the Centurion that if some left and didn’t trust the angel’s word, all would be lost (except for Paul who needed to stand before Caesar)
· Paul encouraged them that God’s word would prove true and all would survive. They all ate one last meal, and then in faith of Paul’s message they through the rest of the barrels overboard to lighten the ship and keep her afloat.
· When daylight broke they saw land and ran the ship aground, however they got caught on a sand bar and the surf tore the ship apart
· The soldiers wanted to protect their own lives by making sure none of the prisoners escaped by killing them
· The centurion realized that Paul was the reason they were alive and stopped the soldiers from caring out their plan
· Then all made it safely to shore

Application

· If God is for us, nothing can be against us (neither person or storm)
· God blessing not only extend to us, but often in His mercy He extends it to those we care about

Prayer

God,

You are amazing! You can calm the sea or use its power to carry out your purposes. Forgive me for not trusting you more. Open my eyes to those you have planned on me sharing with. Guide my paths to their doors as you did Paul on his way to Jerusalem. I also ask in your mercy and grace that you continue to show my family your favor and bless the gathering in Sunnyvale. May they experience the power of your might and the gentleness of your love.

In Jesus name I pray, AMEN

10 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
When storms rise up he'll provide safe harbor for your soul. In the. midst of the tempest he'll take control of a wayward world you've come to know

Thu, March 12, 2015 @ 7:03 AM

2. Phil Payne wrote:
Acts 23-28 Paul Stood on the Promises of God.

An important hymn of the church is “Standing on the Promises., which I quote in entirety:
Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

What is the foundation of my life, the center that establishes confidence and courage when my world is crumbling and I am assailed by people or eventg? Of course that center is Christ Jesus. But did I learn this lesson? How did Paul learn to depend on the word of God as revealed by the Holy Spirit? How did Paul practice that this walk of faith?

Acts 23-27 provides some answers. Let’s review the promises, which are given in Paul’s life sequence, not in scriptural sequence. Quotes are from ESV version.

Acts 26:16-18 (as part of the Damascus road vision of Jesus): “Rise and stand on your feet, for I have appeared before you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things which you have seen in me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and the Gentiles – to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Years later Paul journeyed to Jerusalem, sustained by this promise as it had proven true through his missionary journeys.

Acts 23:23 (after Jerusalem riot) “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”

Acts 27:22-25 (during storm at sea) “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.”

God was faithful. He kept Paul in safe Roman custody, delivering him from several conspiracies by Jews who wanted to kill him. God’s promise sustained Paul throughout at least two years of captivity under Felix (Acts 24.27). This could have been very discouraging. How did Paul take advantage of this imprisonment? First, he knew that it was temporary. Second, he took every opportunity to reason and preach to the authorities – Felix, Festus, and King Agrippa. Can we doubt that he also preached to the soldiers who guarded him. These two years as captive student at “University Rome” prepared him to seed the gospel among Caesar’s guard when he later went to Rome (Philippians 1:12-14). At the right time, Paul spoke by the prompting of the Holy Spirit and on grounds of the promise from Acts 23. He told Festus, “I appeal to Caesar”. This was no mistake, for Agrippa told Festus it would have been right to set Paul free if he had not appealed to Caesar. In the midst of the storm at sea, Paul was undoubtedly shaken – perhaps praying “Things are not looking very good God. It seems like we’re all going to die, but you have promised to take me to Rome. Deliver us”. And in this prayer the angel answers his fear.

Application: Several years ago, a few months prior to my being laid off from a job that I loved, the Holy Spirit told me that I would be laid off at the time it occurred, and that I should make financial preparation to survive some lean years to come. Things happened as God had promised, and on the day of the layoff I told the company officers that I was in complete peace and confidence this was God’s good purpose for me. The last few years without steady employment have not been easy, yet I am confident that i am living within God’s purpose.

Thu, March 12, 2015 @ 10:21 AM

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