Acts Chapter Twenty-Seven (NIV)
Acts Chapter Twenty-Seven (NASB)
Verses 1-12: Paul and his companions set sail for Rome.
Verses 13-38: The ship hits a storm.
Verses 39-44: The ship breaks apart at Malta.
II. KEY PASSAGES
Acts 27:33-36--"As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, 'Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.' And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat. Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves." Paul's confidence was a powerful witness to his mostly polytheistic listeners.
Acts 27:42-44--"The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land." If a Roman soldier allowed a prisoner to escape, the soldier would receive whatever sentence the prisoner was to receive. Rather than risk such punishments, the soldiers wanted to kill all of the prisoners. Since the centurion had become fond of Paul, he rejected this solution. Thus, even the prisoners were saved for the sake of Paul.