Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Acts 27

Paul Sails for Rome

They went sailing. There was a lot of detail given about the route, but the point was, it took a long time. After a while they were in danger of getting caught some place which was not suitable to stay in the winter. Paul said the voyage from there would be dangerous, but everyone else went forward anyway.

It seems to me that they are setting Paul up to know that the way forward would be hazardous. But it seems that this is just true based on the situation. Yes, sailing from here will be dangerous, but apparently staying is not an option, so what else is there to do?

The Storm at Sea

There was a terrible storm and they were all in danger. Paul said that they should have listened to him. He also said that God talked to him and they would all survive but the ship would run aground on an island. There was also something about them fasting. Apparently they haven't eaten for 14 days and Paul says they should start eating again.

I wasn't quite sure how the fasting worked in to the story, but doing hard work and also not eating seems like a real bad idea. 14 days also seems very excessive, is that the point?

The Shipwreck

They hit a reef and the ship was basically destroyed. The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners to make sure they didn't escape, but the centurion wanted to save Paul so stopped their plan. Everyone survived.

Seems pretty crazy to just kill the prisoners like that. I suppose it is not terribly surprising in such a primitive time.


  1. Kind of crazy about the two weeks without food.. I could see not eating bringing about hallucinations. I'm not sure if that is true or not, but I could see it happening.

    1. Btw, I think the Bible would have been a lot more interesting to read if it became a "Lost" type of story after this chapter.

    2. Maybe it is a lost type story. Maybe all of the contradictions are because parts of the bible are in a flash sideways and that was just not conveyed properly.


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