Acts

Acts

Acts 28:1-28 – Paul arrives in Rome

The final leg of Paul’s journey to Rome begins with an Alexandrian ship with the twin gods as a figurehead. The twin gods were viewed as protectors of sea travelers, but it is the Lord who has protected Paul. The late arrival of the twin gods to the narrative highlights their irrelevance. Paul as a light to the Gentiles has the mission of turning the nations from the…

Acts 28:1-10 – The Island of Malta

Shipwrecked on the island of Malta, Paul and the survivors are showed unusual kindness. As God had granted Paul favor by the Roman centurion so this theme continues. 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. The islanders anticipate his immediate death as a result. Being drowned at…

Acts 27:1-44 – The Sea Voyage

Why does Luke record such a long-detailed sea voyage to Rome? In the Old Testament the sea was a symbol of chaos, evil and rebellion against God. In Acts 27 the sea seems to be opposed to Paul’s taking the gospel to the ends of the earth (Rome). Note the following phrases: the winds were against us, we sailed slowly, arrived with difficulty, the wind did not allow us,…

Acts 26:9-32 – Before Agrippa (Part 2)

Paul continues his proclamation by recounting his witness of Jesus. He recounts his past opposition to Jesus of Nazareth and of how he sought the death of Jesus’ followers (as had Agrippa’s father). All this changed when on the way to Damascus he encountered a light from heaven, brighter than the sun. Agrippa’s Jewish background would have understood this to being a…

Acts 25:23-26:8 – Before Agrippa (Part 1)

Acts 25:23 begins Paul’s trial before King Agrippa. Previously Governor Festus had acknowledged Paul’s innocence. Festus also confessed in 25:19-20 his ignorance of the religious issues involving Paul. He knew it had something to do with “a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be…

Acts 22:24-23:11 – Paul before the Council

Following the murderous behavior of the Jewish crowd toward Paul, the Roman tribune intended to question Paul by flogging. Paul avoided this by referring to his Roman citizenship which did not allow a Roman citizen to be flogged in this manner. Is this a case of Paul, who was willing to suffer for…