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1 And when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment. 2 So, entering a ship of Adramyttium, we put to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia. Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us. 3 And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care. 4 When we had put to sea from there, we sailed under the shelter of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 5 And when we had sailed over the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. 6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on board. 7 When we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed, we sailed under the shelter of Crete off Salmone. 8 Passing it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.  

 

Acts 27:1-44 tells the story of Paul’s shipwreck while being transported to Rome. The first 12 verses convey the apostle’s warning of dangerous seas ahead, but the centurion Julius refused to listen to him.  

27:1 

And when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment. 

The apostle Paul had appealed his case before Caesar’s court in Rome (Acts 26:1-32), so the authorities decided to send him to Italy.  

27:2  

so 

Julius, the centurion, escorted the apostle and other prisoners to Rome by sea. Julius was a member of the Augustan Regiment stationed in Syria. 

Luke was on board the ship; he used the word “we” (Luke is the author of Acts).  

So, entering a ship of Adramyttium, we put to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia.  

Adramyttium, east-southeast of Troas in Northwest Asia Minor, was the ship’s home base. Having put to sea, they sailed along the coast of Asia Minor (Turkey today).  

Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us. 

Aristarchus, a co-worker of Paul, was with them for support (Acts 19:29; 20:1-4; Col 4:10; Phlm 24).  

27:3 

And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care. 

The first port on the journey was Sidon on the Palestine coast, about 70 miles north of Caesarea. The centurion Julius allowed Paul’s friends to care for him there.  

27:4 

When we had put to sea from there, we sailed under the shelter of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 

Since the winds were contrary to the ship’s direction, the captain decided to sail under the shelter of the lee of Cyprus.  

27:5 

And when we had sailed over the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. 

The ship sailed by Cilicia and Pamphylia and then arrived at the port city of Myra, a city of Lycia.  

27:6 

There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on board. 

After arriving in Myra, the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy and put the prisoners on board.  

27:7 

When we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed, we sailed under the shelter of Crete off Salmone. 

The ship arrived at Cnidus after difficulty with the wind not permitting them to proceed; they sailed under the shelter of Crete.  

27:8 

Passing it with difficulty, we came to Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.  

After dealing with persistent wind, they arrived in Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.  

PRINCIPLE: 

Christians should prepare for disasters ahead.  

APPLICATION: 

God is sovereign both in times of peace and times of trouble. Trouble lay just ahead for Paul’s group. Difficulty will come into the life of every believer. God does not keep Christians from trouble. However, God gives believers grace for anything they face (2 Co 12:7-10).  

Paul desired to go to Rome (Acts 19:21; 23:11), and God granted his desire to go to that city but as a prisoner. God has strange ways in fulfilling His purposes.  

Adversity reveals the nature of one’s character. What kind of poise do we have when trouble comes our way? Paul demonstrated the strength of where he put his trust to all on the ship.  

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