Acts 27:13-26 – May 20,2007

May 13, 2007 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

SHIPWRECK ON THE WAY TO ROME – PART 2 (verses 13-26)

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) What is Euroclydon in verse 14?

Discussion)    The Euroclydon (or in some translations it is called the Euraquilo) is the convergence of the winds from the Aegen sea and the Adriatic Sea that meet around Crete.  These winds that meet cause a tempestuous wind that most sea bearing vessels could not survive.  This wind only happened in the winter months.  We also looked at Jonah 1:4 and this was the same wind that caused havoc on the ship that Jonah boarded to go to Tarshish.

Q2) In verse 15, when their ship ran adrift, they all had a meeting and decided to go ashore here. Why?

Clues)    This was the trick question.  They did not have a meeting but they let the ship take its course.

Discussion)    They did this because there was no way at this time that they could steer the ship, so they let it (in this verse) take its course until they made it near Clauda, then they brought the life boat in then put the steering anchor out and brought the sails down to have the ship go away from land.

Q3) In verses 17-19 it describes the work the crew decided to do to try and prevent shipwreck and loss of life. In what ways are we sometimes like this boat and crew, and how can we remedy it?

Discussion)    This is a dual purpose.  First of all this is a sign of forgiveness that when we ask Jesus to forgive our sins and truly give them to Him then there is a load of burden that comes off of us.  Secondly it is a picture that there are times when we come to difficult situations that we try to take the burdens on ourself instead of going directly to Jesus.  

Q4) In verse 24, Paul is encouraging the crew and other prisoners. Remember, he is still a prisoner and he tried to warn them of a shipwreck and loss of life, but they refused to listen. Now he is telling them to cheer up, none of you will die, only the ship will be lost. How can he be so patient and kind at a time like this?

Discussion)    He did not harp on that he was right, instead he gave them encouraging words that everyone will be safe.  He was displaying the fruit of the Spirit.

Q5) How did Paul know there would be NO loss of life?

Discussion)    An angel visited him and told him so.

Q6) Why was Paul so positive they would NOT die in this storm?

Discussion)    Because the angel told him so.

LIFE APPLICATION: What “natural” or “fleshly” reactions might Paul have had towards this crew that we ourselves have probably gone through? How can these “fleshly” reactions be changed or avoided?

Discussion)    We need to encourage others when they do go through difficult times, even though it may be their own doing that the difficult times come.  Yes we can say that we told them so, but do not camp out in that place, since that is not encouraging but self-edification.

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