“Jesus, Miracle Worker”/Ashore on Malta

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Ashore On Malta”, Acts 28:1) And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita (or Malta).  2) And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness:  for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.  Romans 1:14; Colossians 3:11; Hebrews 13:1, 2.  3) And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.  4) And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.  Luke 13:2.  5) And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.  6) Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly:  but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.  Revelations 22:8, 9.  7) In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.  8) And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux:  to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.  Mark 6:5.  9) So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:  10) Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Malta was part of the Roman province Sicily and was located about 60 miles south of that island near the toe of Italy.  v2-8, lay sick of a fever:  This fever was possibly Malta fever, which was common in Malta, Gibraltar, and other Mediterranean Islands.  

Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary – v1-2, God can make strangers to be friends in distress.  Those who are despised for homely manners, are often more friendly than the more polished and the conduct of heathens, or persons called barbarians, condemns many in civilized nations, professing to be Christians. v10, God hereby made Paul remarkable among these people, and so made way for the receiving of the Gospel.  The Lord makes friends for His people and makes them blessings to those in affliction.

“Arrival at Rome”, Acts 28:11) And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.  12) And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.  13) And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rehgium:  and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:  14) Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days:  and so we went toward Rome.  15) And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns:  whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.  16) And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard:  but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.  Genesis 39:21; Acts 24:23. 

Quest Study Bible – v16, How restricted was Paul?  By the time they arrived in Rome, the Apostle had become a trusted prisoner; in the course of the journey, Paul had given counsel (27:9-10), warned against a secret mutiny (27:30-31), encouraged the passengers (27:34), survived a snake bite (28:5-6) and healed a Roman official’s father (28:8).  Paul arrived as a hero-prisoner.  As a result, he was free to live in a rented house with only one soldier guarding him.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v15, Some Christians from Rome traveled 33 miles south to a place called Three Inns to meet Paul. Others traveled ten miles farther south to meet Paul at Appii Forum. 

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