Acts Chapter 27

August 11, 2011

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of Acts. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Acts 27:1-44 (NIV)
1 When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment. 2 We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us. 3 The next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, in kindness to Paul, allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs. 4 From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 5 When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board. 7 We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone. 8 We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea. 9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast. So Paul warned them, 10 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. 12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest. 13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the “northeaster,” swept down from the island. 15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along. 16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure. 17 When the men had hoisted it aboard, they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Fearing that they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along. 18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved. 21 After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. 26 Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.” 27 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep. 29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. 31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it fall away. 33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food–you haven’t eaten anything. 34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” 35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board. 38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea. 39 When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. 41 But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf. 42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land in safety.

Acts 27:1

We is back. Paul is not French and he does not have a mouse in his pocket. Luke is with him once again. A Roman Centurion named Julius is given charge over Paul on this journey to Rome. Aristarchus is also mentioned and he is like Paul’s helper on this journey and will stay with him during his incarceration in Rome.

Acts 27:2-3

They find a ship heading in the right direction and get on board. It is late in the season which will ultimately cause a problem. When they port in Sidon, Julius shows kindness to Paul by allowing him to go and stay with friends.

Acts 27:4-8

They were fighting the winds and it made their journey slow and difficult and pushed them even later into the season. They found a ship headed for Italy and they boarded it in Myra.

Acts 27:9-12

Paul is probably included in this discussion about whether or not to proceed because he has some experience in traveling by ship

2 Cor. 11:25, “three times I was shipwrecked”

Paul advises against proceeding, but the Centurion decides to follow the advice of the pilot and others and proceed on. He really should have listened to Paul.

Acts 27:13-26

They are caught up in a hurricane like wind and were driven out to the open sea and something of a nightmare ensues. They ended up throwing the cargo overboard, tossing the ship’s tackle overboard, passing ropes underneath the ship to hold it together, etc. During this time an angel appears to Paul and tells him what they need to do to survive this situation. Paul addresses the crew, first reminding them that he had advised them not to go, (not I told you so, but rather, you need to listen to me this time) and then tells them what the angel said.

Acts 27: 27-32

After fourteen days of this storm, they finally get near some land.

Acts 27:33-38

Paul encourages them all to eat which encourages all of them.
There are a total of 276 passengers and crew members on board.

Acts 27:39-41

They attempt to run the ship aground but they hit a sandbar in the process which causes the ship to get beaten by the waves and breaks apart.

Acts 27:42-44

The soldiers are accountable for escaped prisoners with their own lives, so they plan to kill them all. The centurion wants to spare Paul so he did not let the soldiers carry out their plans. They decide to head for shore, those who could swim, swam, and those who couldn’t were told to hang on to the ships debris and get there. And just had Paul had told them back in verse 22, only the ship was destroyed, and all of the 276 reached the shore safely.

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