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9 Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” 11 Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul. 12 And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail from there also, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and winter there.

 

The centurion ignored Paul’s warning (Acts 27:9-12).

27:9

Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast (Day of Atonement) was already over, Paul advised them,

The time for safe sailing on the Mediterranean Sea had passed. It was a period when the Jewish Fast was over, the Day of Atonement. Normally, this was around November 11.

27:10

saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.”

Paul warned the captain and centurion that they would lose the ship, including its cargo, and possibly lose lives if they continued their journey.

27:11

Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul.

The centurion was more persuaded by the owner and captain of the ship than Paul.

27:12

And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail from there also, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and winter there.

The harbor in Fail Havens was too cold for the group, so the majority decided to sail further up the coast to Phoenix, another port of Crete. They spent the winter there.

PRINCIPLE:

Good decision-making in times of trouble comes from God’s wisdom.

APPLICATION:

The crew made their decision based on pleasant surroundings, but Paul’s council was one of wisdom. He gave his perspective based on sound judgment rather than comfort.

 

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