We just get a a nice story about a trip and mostly ship wreck. It seems just to fill in the details in a way and a bit of history- which is a lot in Acts and just telling the Journey of the early church and Paul. I know a couple things stand out and that we sometimes have our own agenda (like the captain and sailors) but God (through Paul) has another one. We often don't listen to Him and do wind up being shipwrecked quite often. Then after the fact we tend to say many wish i would have listened. Even throughout the storm God was with them and Paul and kept them safe. Sometimes the storm feels like it goes on forever (14 days...) in our lives but God is still there and still guides and watches over us. We should never lose sight of the "shore" (God). Kind of reminds me of the roller coaster sermon we heard and that the Joy is when we are on the ground and if they would have listened and just stayed at port wouldn't have happened. Sometimes we think we can test the waters when we know the the safety is on the shore next to God.
Paul is now a prisoner and is being taken to Rome for trial in front of Caesar. On the way to Rome, they go through a storm on the ship and takes them off course. The sailors give up on trying to direct the boat and hit let the wind take it. After a while he crew began to throw off cargo to lighten the ship. Paul is encouraging the people on the ship. After the winds died down a few days later, Paul said that even though the ship may sink the people on the ship will not die. He told them that the Lord sent an angel from heaven in his vision. After 14 days of the storm Paul wants everyone to eat at least something. Soon, the crew rant he ship to land. They wanted to kill the prisoners on board so they would not escape. The commanding officer did not want to harm Paul. So they swam to shore. Just as Paul said, nobody had died during the storm.
The sailors did not listen to Paul at first but later they realised that he know what he was talking about. This is like us with God he will give us a second chance but it is must easier to listen to him in the first place. God gives second chances but they are not always as fun as the first opportunity to listen.
Post by Pastor Dustin on Aug 14, 2016 14:35:14 GMT
You guys did a good summary of the chapter, so a lot of repeats in my summary.
A lot of this chapter takes place in the ship. At first the captian had his own plans and didn't want to listen to Paul. And that didn't go so well. But then the captian realized that Paul had some great advice and was getting into and visions from God. And even when the guards wanted to kill all the prisoners so they wanted to escape the captian foiled that plan and wanted to save Paul's life.
If we listen to God and what He wants for our life it will be better them trying to do it or way like the captian did.