A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Paul Sails for Rome”, Acts 27:1) And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus’ band. 2) And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia, one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. Colossians 4:10. 3) And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself. 4) And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 5) And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. 6) And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein. 7) And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone; 8) And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens, nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea. 9) Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the Fast (Day of Atonement) was now already past, Paul admonished them, 10) And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt (or injury) and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. 11) Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul. 12) And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-12, It was determined by the Counsel of God, before it was determined by the counsel of Festus, that Paul should go to Rome; for God had work for him to do there. The course they steered, and the places they touched at, are here set down. And God here encourages those who suffer for Him, to trust in Him, for He can put it into the hearts of those to befriend them, from whom they least expect it. Sailors must make the best of the wind: and so must we all in our passage over the ocean of this world. Every fair haven is not a safe haven.