Paul swims to the island of Malta. He miraculously heals some people. Finally, he arrives in Rome. While under house arrest, he evangelizes Rome. [UPDATED]
VERSE 1. When we had escaped, then they learned that the island was called Malta.
VERSE 2. The natives showed us uncommon kindness; for they kindled a fire and received us all, because of the present rain and because of the cold.
they kindled a fire. The natives lit a fire for those who were shipwrecked. They practiced hospitality!
VERSE 3. But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
VERSE 4. When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped from the sea, yet Justice has not allowed to live.”
wasn’t harmed. Paul was bit by a deadly snake. Yet he was not harmed. This reminds us of Mark chapter 16:
Mark 16:18. they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover
VERSE 6. But they expected that he would have swollen or fallen down dead suddenly, but when they watched for a long time and saw nothing bad happen to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
VERSE 7. Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us, and courteously entertained us for three days.
VERSE 8. The father of Publius lay sick of fever and dysentery. Paul entered in to him, prayed, and laying his hands on him, healed him.
healed him … were cured. Paul had the gift of miraculous healing.
VERSE 9. Then when this was done, the rest also who had diseases in the island came and were cured.
VERSE 10. They also honored us with many honors, and when we sailed, they put on board the things that we needed.
VERSE 11. After three months, we set sail in a ship of Alexandria which had wintered in the island, whose sign was “The Twin Brothers.”
VERSE 12. Touching at Syracuse, we stayed there three days.
VERSE 13. From there we circled around and arrived at Rhegium. After one day, a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli,
VERSE 14. where we found brothers, and were entreated to stay with them for seven days. So we came to Rome.
VERSE 15. From there the brothers, when they heard of us, came to meet us as far as The Market of Appius and The Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
VERSE 16. When we entered into Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, but Paul was allowed to stay by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
Paul was allowed to stay by himself. Paul is placed under house arrest.
VERSE 17. After three days Paul called together those who were the leaders of the Jews. When they had come together, he said to them, “I, brothers, though I had done nothing against the people or the customs of our fathers, still was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans,
VERSE 18. who, when they had examined me, desired to set me free, because there was no cause of death in me.
VERSE 19. But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything about which to accuse my nation.
VERSE 20. For this cause therefore I asked to see you and to speak with you. For because of the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.”
the hope of Israel. Even while under house arrest, Paul maintained his great hope!
VERSE 21. They said to him, “We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor did any of the brothers come here and report or speak any evil of you.
VERSE 22. But we desire to hear from you what you think. For, as concerning this sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against.”
VERSE 23. When they had appointed him a day, many people came to him at his lodging. He explained to them, testifying about God’s Kingdom, and persuading them concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning until evening.
many people came to him. Even in house arrest, Paul kept up his Ministry of Evangelism. He spoke the words of truth to the unbaptized.
testifying about God’s Kingdom. Paul spoke of the kingdom of God in general.
persuading them concerning Jesus. More specifically,Paul spoke of the Lord Jesus Christ.
both from the law … and .. the prophets. Paul rooted what he said in the words of Sacred Scripture.
VERSE 24. Some believed the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved.
VERSE 25. When they didn’t agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had spoken one word, “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers,
VERSE 26. saying, ‘Go to this people and say, in hearing, you will hear, but will in no way understand. In seeing, you will see, but will in no way perceive.
VERSE 27. For this people’s heart has grown callous. Their ears are dull of hearing. Their eyes they have closed. Lest they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and would turn again, then I would heal them.’
VERSE 28. “Be it known therefore to you, that the salvation of God is sent to the nations, and they will listen.”
VERSE 29. When he had said these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.
VERSE 30. Paul stayed two whole years in his own rented house and received all who were coming to him,
his own rented house. Paul rented an apartment in Rome.
VERSE 31. preaching God’s Kingdom, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, without hindrance.
with all boldness, without hindrance. Paul let nothing deter him from announcing Jesus Christ to other people. Let’s do the same!
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