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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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The Voyage to Rome Begins


1 And when ait was decided that we should sail to Italy, they

CHAPTER 27 References

1 aActs 25:12,
2 aActs 19:29
3 aActs 24:23;
6 aActs 28:11
7 aActs 2:11;
27:12, 21;
Titus 1:5, 12
9 aLev.
Num. 29:7
1The Day of
late September
or early
14 1A southeast
wind that
stirs up broad
waves; NU
Euraquilon, a
15 1be driven
16 1NU Cauda
17 1M Syrtes

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. aAristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us.
3 And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius atreated 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 aan 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 aCrete off Salmone.
8 Passing it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.

Paul’s Warning Ignored

9 Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous abecause 1the 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.

In the Tempest

13 When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete.
14 But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called 1Euroclydon.
15 So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her 1drive.
16 And running under the shelter of an island called 1Clauda, we secured the skiff with difficulty.
17 When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the 1Syrtis Sands, they struck sail and so were driven.
18 And because we were exceed-

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ingly tempesttossed, the next day they lightened the ship.
19 On the third day awe threw the ship’s tackle overboard with our own hands.
20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.
21 But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss.
22 “And now I urge you to take 1heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
23 a“For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and bwhom I serve,
24 “saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’
25 “Therefore take heart, men, afor I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.
26 “However, awe must run aground on a certain island.”
27 Now when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven up and down in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors sensed that they were drawing near some land.
28 And they took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and when they had gone a little farther, they took soundings again and found it to be fifteen fathoms.
29 Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and 1prayed for day to come.
30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, when they had let down the skiff into the sea, under pretense of putting out anchors from the prow,
31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.”
32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the skiff and let it fall off.
33 And as day was about to dawn, Paul implored them all to take food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have waited and continued without food, and eaten nothing.
34 “Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, asince not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.”
35 And when he had said these things, he took bread and agave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat.
36 Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves.
37 And in all we were two hundred and seventy-six apersons on the ship.

19 aJon. 1:5
22 1courage
23 aActs 18:9;
23:11; 2 Tim.
4:17 bDan.
6:16; Rom.
1:9; 2 Tim. 1:3
25 aLuke 1:45;
Rom. 4:20, 21;
2 Tim. 1:12
26 aActs 28:1
29 1Or wished
34 a1 Kin. 1:52;
[Matt. 10:30;
Luke 12:7;
21:18] 35 a1 Sam.
9:13; Matt.
15:36; Mark
8:6; John 6:11;
[1 Tim. 4:3, 4] 37 aActs 2:41;
7:14; Rom.
13:1; 1 Pet.
40 1cast off
41 a2 Cor.
11:25 1A reef
44 aActs
27:22, 31

CHAPTER 28 References

1 aActs 27:26
2 aActs 28:4;
Rom. 1:14;
1 Cor. 14:11;
Col. 3:11 1Lit.
5 aMark 16:18;
Luke 10:19
6 aActs 12:22;
7 1Magistrate
8 aActs 9:40;
[James 5:14,
15] bMatt.
9:18; Mark
5:23; 6:5; 7:32;
16:18; Luke
4:40; Acts
19:11, 12;
[1 Cor. 12:9,

ACTS 28:9

38 So when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship and threw out the wheat into the sea.

Shipwrecked on Malta

39 When it was day, they did not recognize the land; but they observed a bay with a beach, onto which they planned to run the ship if possible.
40 And they 1let go the anchors and left them in the sea, meanwhile loosing the rudder ropes; and they hoisted the mainsail to the wind and made for shore.
41 But striking 1a place where two seas met, athey ran the ship aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves.
42 And the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim away and escape.
43 But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land,
44 and the rest, some on boards and some on parts of the ship. And so it was athat they all escaped safely to land.

Paul’s Ministry on Malta


1 Now when they had escaped, they then found out that athe island was called Malta.
2 And the anatives1 showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold.
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.
4 So 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 the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.”
5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and asuffered no harm.
6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and asaid that he was a god.
7 In that region there was an estate of the 1leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days.
8 And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery . Paul went in to him and aprayed, and bhe laid his hands on him and healed him.
9 So when this was done, the rest

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ACTS 28:10

of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed.
10 They also honored us in many aways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were bnecessary.

Arrival at Rome

11 After three months we sailed in aan Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the 1Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island.
12 And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days.
13 From there we circled round and reached Rhegium. And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli,
14 where we found abrethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome.
15 And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
16 Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but aPaul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him.

Paul’s Ministry at Rome

17 And it came to pass after three days that Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. So when they had come together, he said to them: “Men and brethren, athough I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet bI was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans,
18 “who, awhen they had examined me, wanted to let me go, because there was no cause for putting me to death.
19 “But when the 1Jews spoke against it, aI was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything of which to accuse my nation.
20 “For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because afor the hope of Israel I am bound with bthis chain.”
21 Then they said to him, “We nei-

10 aMatt. 15:6
b[Phil. 4:19] 11 aActs 27:6
1Gr. Dioskouroi,
sons Castor
and Pollux
14 aRom. 1:8
16 aActs 23:11;
24:25; 27:3
17 aActs 23:29;
24:12, 13;
26:31 bActs
18 aActs 22:24;
24:10; 25:8;
19 aActs 25:11,
21, 25 1The
ruling authorities
20 aActs 26:6,
7 bEph. 3:1;
4:1; 6:20
22 a[1 Pet.
2:12; 3:16;
4:14, 16] 23 aLuke 24:27
bActs 26:6, 22
24 aActs 14:4;
25 1NU your
26 aIs. 6:9, 10;
Matt. 13:14,
15; Luke 8:10;
Rom. 11:8
28 aIs. 42:6;
49:6; Rom.
29 1NU omits
v. 29.
31 aActs 4:31;
Eph. 6:19

ther received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren who came reported or spoken any evil of you.
22 “But we desire to hear from you what you think; for concerning this sect, we know that ait is spoken against everywhere.”
23 So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, ato whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus bfrom both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening.
24 And asome were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved.
25 So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to 1our fathers,
26 “saying,

a‘Go to this people and say: “Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; And seeing you will see, and not perceive;
27 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.” ’

28 “Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent ato the Gentiles, and they will hear it!”
29 1And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves.
30 Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him,
31 apreaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.

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The Eternal Dwelling of God in Zion

A Song of Ascents.

1 LORD, remember David And all his afflictions;
2 How he swore to the LORD, aAnd vowed to bthe Mighty One of Jacob:
3 “Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house, Or go up to the comfort of my bed;
4 I will anot give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids,
5 Until I afind a place for the LORD, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

6 Behold, we heard of it ain Ephrathah; bWe found it cin the fields of 1the woods.
7 Let us go into His tabernacle; aLet us worship at His footstool.
8 aArise, O LORD, to Your resting place, You and bthe ark of Your strength.
9 Let Your priests abe clothed with righteousness, And let Your saints shout for joy.

10 For Your servant David’s sake, Do not turn away the face of Your 1Anointed.

PSALM 132 References

2 aPs. 65:1
bGen. 49:24
4 aProv. 6:4
5 aActs 7:46
6 a1 Sam.
17:12 b1 Sam.
7:1 c1 Chr.
13:5 1Heb.
Jaar, lit.
7 aPs. 5:7; 99:5
8 aNum. 10:35
bPs. 78:61
9 aJob 29:14
10 1Commissioned
Heb. Messiah
11 a[Ps. 89:3,
4, 33; 110:4] b2 Sam. 7:12
13 a[Ps. 48:1,
2] 1home
14 aPs. 68:16
15 aPs. 147:14
1supply of
16 a2 Chr. 6:41
b1 Sam. 4:5
17 aEzek.
29:21 b1 Kin.
11:36; 15:4
2Heb. Messiah
18 aPs. 35:26

11 aThe LORD has sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it: “I will set upon your throne bthe 1fruit of your body.
12 If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I shall teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forevermore.”

13 aFor the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His 1dwelling place:
14 “Thisa is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
15 aI will abundantly bless her 1provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 aI will also clothe her priests with salvation, bAnd her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17 aThere I will make the 1horn of David grow; bI will prepare a lamp for My 2Anointed.
18 His enemies I will aclothe with shame, But upon Himself His crown shall flourish.”




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