Acts 27:39-28:10 – June 3, 2007

May 27, 2007 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

SHIPWRECK ON THE WAY TO ROME – PART 4 (verses 39-44) and A FRIENDLY EXCHANGE AT MALTA (verses 1-10)

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) In verse 41, how did the front part of the ship get broken?

Clues)    This was the trick question.  It was actually the back part of the ship.

Discussion)    It got broken by being beat upon by the waves as they were going into the bay of Malta.

Q2) In Acts 27:11, Julius the centurion ignored what Paul had to say and believed the ship owner instead. Now read Acts 27:43. Why do you think the centurion was willing to listen to Paul’s advice now and help him?

Discussion)    The is a two part answer.  Firstly Paul had been right in everything that he had said was going to happen.  Secondly when he was right and others were wrong he did not hold it over them.  He was more concerned about the person than who was right or wrong. 

Q3) Why are the inhabitants of this island called barbarous people?

Discussion)    These were not barbarians in the sense that we would think of barbarians today.  Here the term barbarians refers to any group of people that did not speak Greek.

Q4) We see in verse 3 that Paul wasn’t above doing menial tasks. He had a servants heart. How did he display his servant hood in verse 3?

Discussion)    He showed the servant’s heart that he had by gathering firewood for the fire.  We would say that Paul was important, but yet he showed that no matter how far God takes you that you are not above doing anything menial.  That includes taking out the garbage, washing bathrooms, mowing the lawn, shoveling the sidewalk, whatever it takes to help people see that they need Jesus.

Q5) In verse 3-5 we see that a snake bit Paul and even fastened onto his hand. What did the natives think about this in verse 4?

Discussion)    They thought that Paul was a murderer since he was being “judged” by a snake biting him.  

Q6) The chief of the islands’ name was Publius. He was kind to the entire shipwrecked bunch by lodging, warming, and feeding them for three days. What encounter with God did these island people have through Paul?

Discussion)    Through the Lord acting through Paul, the father of Publius was healed of sickness and dysentery.  This was a hug moment in the lives of the people of Malta.

LIFE APPLICATION: In light of Paul’s life, why is it important for believers to know the Word of God, to know God’s promises, and to know and wlak with Him closely?

Discussion)    Here we brought everything together.  We need to put ourselves in the shoes of Paul, who wrote that we are to be ready in season and out of season.  Here we see that Paul could of complained about the shipwreck, being bit by a snake, then being lost on an island no one knew about.  Instead after he was shipwrecked he made sure that the fire had more fuel for it.  When he got bit by the snake he made sure that no one thought that he was a god.  This opened up the door for the natives to take him to Publius who then after three days had Paul pray for his father.  What we would see as road blocks or horrible times, Paul saw as opportunities to further the kingdom of God.

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Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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