Read Acts 26
Paul's defense before Agrippa; his voyage to
When Saul of Tarsus professed his faith in Jesus Christ as the risen Savior and promised Messiah, Festus, the new Roman governor of Judea, exclaimed in a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself. . . . But he (Paul) said, I am not mad . . . but speak forth the words of truth (Acts 26:24-25).
Since Paul, as a Roman citizen, had appealed his case to Caesar, Festus placed him in the custody of one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band (27:1). Julius was to take Paul safely to
Shortly afterwards, furious hurricane-like winds beat upon them. After two stormy weeks, their ship began to sink off the coast of
Our life's voyage, like Paul's, may also be filled with violent storms. We may experience physical, financial, or emotional "shipwreck" and all hope that we should be saved may appear to be gone (27:20). But, there will come a day when the tempests we have weathered will seem insignificant compared to what God has accomplished through our faithfulness. Because of Christ, Paul could confidently say: I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (II Corinthians 12:10; also Romans 5:1-5).
26:5 most straitest = most exact or careful, strictest; 26:7 instantly = earnestly; 27:7 under = around, near, on the leeward side of; 27:12 commodious = suitable; 27:30 under colour = under pretense; 28:2 barbarous = foreign, non-Greek; 28:13 fetched a compass = cast off; 28:16 suffered = permitted.
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