Acts 27:27-38 – May 27, 2007

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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) How did the crew and passengers finally discover they were near land?

Discussion)    It was discussed that most mariners can usually tell when they are near land.  Since this is their profession it is natural for them to know when they are near land (whether they hear the waves crashing next to the rocks or can tell by the rapidity of the tides we do not know).  We want to remember here that this is at the end of the fourteen days of being tossed to and fro on the waves without being able to see the sun or the stars.

We also talked about verse 28 were the mariners took soundings.  They did not have the sonar technology that we are accustomed to today, but they did have a sounding where they dropped a rope with an anchor and when it hit bottom, the rope told how deep it was.

Q2) In verse 29, why do you think they dropped the four anchors?

Discussion)  For stability since dropping only one anchor would have either meant that the ship would be sent in a spiraling motion or that the one anchor rope would have broken off.  

We also talked about how in verse 28, towards the end, that it says we prayed for day to come (the KJV says we wished).  This fits with the classic phrase that there are no atheists in fox holes.  In other words we see that during great hardship and trials that much praying is done.

Q3) In verse 30, who did the shipmen think of first? Read Philippians 2:3-4, Romans 12:10, Romans 15:2-3, and I Corinthians 13:4-5. What does Jesus tell us to do?

Discussion)    The mariners were thinking of themselves first.  With the Scriptures that were read and what Paul did later in this chapter we see that we are to put others first above ourselves.

Q4) Why do you think the soldiers leave the ropes alone in verse 32?

Clues)    This is the trick question.  The soldiers cut the ropes to get in verse 32.

Discussion)   The soldiers cut the rope to the lifeboat because one of two reasons in that the either got caught trying to escape or it was weight that the captain wanted to get off of the ship.
Q5) In verses 33 and 34, in what ways does Paul encourage the people?

Discussion)    He encourages the people (all 276 of them) by letting them know that they are not going to die and giving them all something to eat.  There was some conversation about whether the mariners were sick or not for the 14 days.  There is one mode of thinking that they were not since they were used to this.  Another mode of thinking states that they were since they did not eat and they did not usually sail at this time of the year.  In any case it is true that they did not eat for 14 days so this was a great thing that Paul did.

Q6) After Paul gave thanks for the food he began to eat – then all 276 people on board began to eat. Then in verse 38, it says they had eaten plenty and cast the wheat into the sea. Why?

Discussion)    They got rid of the wheat because they lightened the load of the ship.

LIFE APPLICATION: Here Paul is still a prisoner and anchored on an unknown shore. But he begins to talk to the people and gives thanks to God for the food they do have. What is Paul’s attitude here? How can we be a Godly example or influence others toward the Lord, both to the saved and unsaved?

Discussion)    Paul could have easily gotten bitter since no one on the ship had wanted to listen to him in the first place.  Instead the captain gave him the opportunity to speak to the whole ship.  Instead of forcing their need for Jesus as their Savior (which everyone needs) he attended to their physical needs which was to feed everyone.  At times we are to attend to the physical needs of a person before the spiritual needs (make sure that we are always listening to what God, Jesus, and/or the Holy Spirit say).  This will always open the door to attending to the spiritual needs of a person.


Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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