Acts Devotional, December 14, 2020

Acts Devotional, December 14, 2020

Acts 27:1-12

When it was decided that we were to sail for Italy, they transferred Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort, named Julius. Embarking on a ship of Adramyttium that was about to set sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica. The next day we put in at Sidon; and Julius treated Paul kindly, and allowed him to go to his friends to be cared for. Putting out to sea from there, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. After we had sailed across the sea that is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia. There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship bound for Italy and put us on board. We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind was against us, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. Sailing past it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.

Since much time had been lost and sailing was now dangerous, because even the Fast had already gone by, Paul advised them, saying, “Sirs, I can see that the voyage will be with danger and much heavy loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. Since the harbor was not suitable for spending the winter, the majority was in favor of putting to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, where they could spend the winter. It was a harbor of Crete, facing southwest and northwest.

Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:

Romans 15:22-29

Colossians 4:10

Isaiah 23:2-4

Mark 6:48

Leviticus 16:29-31

Amos 3:7

Proverbs 27:12

Psalm 107:30

Time for Reflection

In addition to the 4 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:

After years of waiting Paul, along with other prisoners, is now on a ship bound to Rome sometime in October (The Fast, the day of atonement, was on October 5 in 59AD). The seas would begin to become increasingly more dangerous, a time when ships should be heading towards land. What does it say about Paul that even as a prisoner he is concerned for the wellbeing of his jailors?

How is Paul a role model for you in your faith journey?

 

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