Daily Devotional: Monday 22nd Juneby William Moody
Paul Sails for Rome
27:1 And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius. 2 And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica. 3 The next day we put in at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him leave to go to his friends and be cared for. 4 And putting out to sea from there we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. 5 And when we had sailed across the open sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy and put us on board. 7 We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. 8 Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.
9 Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast1 was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 11 But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. 12 And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
That is, the Day of Atonement
Luke now gives quite a detailed account of the beginning of Paul’s journey to Rome (v1-8). The ‘we’ (v1) shows that Luke the writer of the book was a travelling companion with Paul on this journey. This all reminds us that the biblical accounts are accurate reports of historical events given by eyewitnesses to those events.
Christianity is not based on some made up theory, but real events in the life of the prophets, apostles and particularly of Jesus. When people ask how they can know if Christianity is true, we can do no better thing than to encourage them to read these historical accounts.
Paul warns that the journey is going to end in disaster (v9-10). Paul is ignored as the centurion listens instead to the pilot and continues on (v11-12).
Regularly we are faced with the same choice as the centurion, to follow the advice of the wise of the world or to follow the teaching of God’s prophets in scripture. ‘The righteous will live by faith’ (Rom. 1 v17) and this means trusting and living by God’s words above the world’s wisdom. Pray for God’s grace for you to know and follow His wisdom rather than the world’s ways.
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