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Paul the Encourager

Date: Sep. 10, 2019

Passage

Acts 27:27-44 (ESV)

27 When the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven across the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. 28 So they took a sounding and found twenty fathoms. A little farther on they took a sounding again and found fifteen fathoms. 29 And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come. 30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, and had lowered the ship's boat into the sea under pretense of laying out anchors from the bow, 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 ship's boat and let it go.

33 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. 34 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.” 35 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. 36 Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.) 38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.

39 Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf. 42 The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. 43 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, 44 and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.

Daily Bread

Key Verse: 27:34,35

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.”

1. Unless you stay with the ship (27-32)

The storm raged for two weeks. They knew they were fast approaching some sort of land, so the sailors attempted to escape by lifeboat. But Paul told the centurion that unless the sailors stayed with the boat, they would all be lost. So the soldiers prevented their escape by cutting the ropes to the boats. They would all be saved together.

2. Paul the shepherd (33-44)

Paul was a great shepherd for those on board. No one had eaten anything in several days. Paul encouraged them by reminding them they needed to eat for their survival. Next he encouraged them by telling them not one of them would lose a single hair on their head. They were all going to come out of this alive. Lastly, he encouraged them by eating himself. The rest ate, which gave them the strength they needed when the boat wrecked and they all had to swim to shore. Paul could encourage everyone in such a time because he had faith in God. The centurion was moved by his faith and saved Paul and the other prisoners.

Prayer: Prayer: Lord, help me to encourage others when they are in trouble.

One Word: Encourage others with the Lord's words

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