April 27:1-12 – May 13, 2007

May 6, 2007 at 8:43 pm Leave a comment

SHIPWRECK ON THE WAY TO ROMEPART 1 (verses 1-12)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) Who is the “we” in verse 1?

Discussion)    The we in verse 1 means that Luke is now on board the ship.

We stopped here that this was a reunion of sorts for Paul.  Not only had Luke shown up on the ship but also Aristarchus from verse 2 is on the ship.  This is the same person that was thrown in jail in Ephesus in Acts 19:29 and Paul mentions him as a fellow prisoner in Colossians 4:10.  We can see here that not only was Paul persecuted for a long time in prison that Aristarchus was also.

Q2) In verse 3, why do you think that Julius gave Paul freedom to go and visit friends?

Discussion)  First of all the favor of God was shown upon Paul through Julius.  The way that Julius treated Paul so nicely either Julius was a Christian or he found that Paul the prisoner was extremely trustworthy.

Q3) Verse 9 mentions that the Fast was already over and sailing was dangerous at this time. What time of the year is it?

Discussion)    This means that it was the beginning of winter time in which the northern winds were blowing which was very harsh on ships.

Q4) How or why would Paul know anything about sea travel and warn them about sailing during this time of the year? (Read II Corinthians 11:25)

Discussion)    According to this verse Paul had been shipwrecked two times beforehand so he knew quite a bit about sailing.

Q5) What advice do you think Paul gave Julius and the captain/owner of the ship?

Discussion)  The advice was not a word of knowledge but a word of experience.  Notice that in verse 10 Paul states that everyone would lose their life.  That means all on board, including him, which is contrary to what God had promised him earlier.  We need to be very careful of words of experience because they can have doom and gloom in them and not be true words of knowledge from God.

Q6) The captain/owner of the ship listened to Paul and immediately tied up his boat and stayed in Fair Havens. Then what happened?

Clues)    This was the trick question.

Discussion)  Instead the owner decided to press on instead of docking at the harbor since it was not suitable to dock at.

LIFE APPLICATION: What are some of the adversities Paul has to deal with in this lesson? What are we to do when we face some of the same adversities, when life gives us strormy seas – windy weather – everything we try to do, everywhere we go, there is another storm to pass through? When the Lord has us warn someone of impending doom and they don’t believe us what should we do?

Discussion)    We need to make sure that we do not take this personally.  If we take anything personally, then that will allow bitterness to come in which will then allow offenses or sicknesses to happen.

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Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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