Acts 27:1-26

Cilicia. Pamphylia. Myra. Lycia. Alexandria. Cnidus. Details. Details matter! Back in the 1920’s, Sir William Ramsey, an archeologist and biblical skeptic, decided to retrace the journeys in the book of Acts to prove that it was all a lie. He ended up believing all of it and writing several books defending the Biblical account! And that’s the reason the details are important. They show us that we can trust what is being reported.

Our passage also teaches us another important lesson. Paul engages in a little bit of “I told you so” (27:21), and then shares how an angel appeared to him and confirmed that he was going to be able to share the gospel before Caesar, as was foretold (27:24). He would survive the upcoming shipwreck, and God was going to allow his companions to survive as well (27:24). What an amazing picture of God’s sovereignty and grace! Nothing can stop Paul from getting to Rome, because God wants him there. And even though the actions of the crew threatened to hinder Paul, God graciously spares them. Is this a subtle picture of salvation? We try to go our own way, but God, through his grace, brings us into the kingdom anyway!

Ephesians 2:4-8 “For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as his legal heirs through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will—to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our offenses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight.

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