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Paul on Malta

Date: Sep. 11, 2019

Passage

Acts 28:1-10 (ESV)

After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him, healed him. And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.

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Key Verse: 28:8b

It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him, healed him.

1. Paul survived a snake bite (1-6)

The island they landed on was Malta. The islanders were kind to the shipwrecked group, They built a bonfire for them to keep them warm and dry. Paul helped by fetching wood for the fire. While gathering wood, a poisonous viper bit him. The islanders thought Paul must have been a murderer, who was being punished by Justice. But God protected Paul from any ill effects, fulfilling Jesus' words in Mark 16:18. Because of this and the islanders thought Paul was a god.

2. Paul heals others (7-10)

Publius, the chief official of the island, brought all of them to his home and entertained them for three days. While there, Paul healed Publius' father of fever and dysentery. After this, Paul began a healing ministry on the island, healing all who came to him. The grateful islanders supplied them with everything they needed for their voyage to Rome. Through Paul, the islanders came to know the life-giving powers of God.

Prayer: Prayer: Lord, thank you for your healing power. Help me to lead others to Jesus' healing.

One Word: Jesus heals

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