“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Shipwreck

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“The Shipwreck”, Acts 27:27) But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;  28) And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms; and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.  29) Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.  30) And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat (lifeboat) into the sea, under colour (pretending) as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,  31) Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.  32) Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.  33) And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.  34) Wherefore I pray you to take some meat:  for this is for your health:  for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.  1Kings 1;52; Matthew 10:30; Luke 12:7.  35) And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all:  and when he had broken it, he began to eat.  John 6:11.  36) Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.  37) And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls (276).  Romans 13:1; 1Peter 3:20.  38) And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.  Job 2;4; Matthew 6:25.  39) And when it was day, they knew not the land:  but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.  40) And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.  41) And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.  2Corinthians 11;25.  42) And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.  Ecclesiastes 9:3; Mark 15:15-20.  43) But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land;  2Peter 2:9.  44) And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship.  And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.  Psalm 107:30.   

Quest Study Bible – v27, Adriatic Sea:  Not the Adriatic that appears on modern maps but a much larger body of water that extended farther south, at least to Crete and Sicily, the Mediterranean between Greece, Italy and Africa.  v36, Why would Paul’s captors listen to him?  Paul’s court appearances in Jerusalem and in Caesarea showed him to be a cordial, persuasive personality.  His reputation for warmth preceded him, in the course of their journey, Paul had warned the ship’s officers not to sail from Crete because of the harsh seasonal storms.  Although ignored, his advice was valid.  v37, Why tell how many were on board?  It may be that there was some sort of count made as the food was distributed.  The figure does not seem out of line for the larger ships of that day.  v38, What kind of ship was this?  Two ships were involved in the first two stages of Paul’s journey to Rome.  The first was a smaller, coastal vessel carrying them from Adramyttium to Myra in Lycia (27:2,5).  The latter vessel was much larger, carrying more people and cargo than the earlier ship.   

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v44, Lord Jesus, Thou hast assured us that none of thine shall perish.  Thou wilt bring them all safe to the Heavenly shore.  And what a pleasing landing will that be!


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