Year of the Bible – Acts 27:1-44

 

Friday

 

But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost. – Acts 27:22

The Apostle Paul was about to be transported to Italy to stand trial before the Emperor. He was placed into the hands of a soldier in the Imperial Regiment. As the ship set sail, conditions on the seas determined a course that placed everyone at great danger. The ship was carrying 276 passengers along with a large quantity of goods. As the ship was attempting to pass by the south side of the island of Cyprus, it was struck by a “Northeaster”, a storm that drove it out into the deep and uncharted waters of the Mediterranean Sea. It was so fierce that the ship was expected to sink. The Apostle Paul, however, was able to bring comfort and consolation to the passengers and soldiers. Since God was protecting him for the sake of the Gospel that he was bringing to the world, so also were the passengers being protected by God as well. No one was lost, though the ship was destroyed.

Questions – Acts 27

  1. Why was the Apostle Paul being sent to Rome, Italy?
  2. If a prisoner had the potential to escape, what was the Roman soldier in charge supposed to do?
  3. Why was the Apostle Paul certain that he would not die in the storm?
  4. What were the benefits that the other passengers experienced because they were with the Apostle Paul?
 
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