Acts 27: 27-44

The Shipwreck

27 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic[fn] Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet[fn] deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet[fn] deep. 29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. 31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away.

33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. 34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” 35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board. 38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea.

39 When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. 41 But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf.

42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.

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Michele
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v29.Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.

I wonder if the WHO of their prayers had changed with Paul on the ship. I imagine some of these men were praying to various Gods. But, I also imagine that some were crying out to Jesus at this point.

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Bonnie

I bet You are correct Michele Belle!!! ♥️♥️♥️

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Paula Langley

I agree, I was also struck by the Centurions obedience to Paul- in the middle of this disaster he ordered the lifeboat cut free so no one could use it!! Bet he was praying to the right God even if he didn’t know his name 😉

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Bonnie

In the commentary it brings out all the details of how the Lord brought all the ships passengers to safety!!! Like You said Michele, makes me wonder how many recognized how mightily God had spared them!!! I know there is no other person that I would look to for help, like I would look to Jesus!!! HE is the only one with the power to save me!!! Thank You Jesus!!! Thank You!!!♥️♥️♥️

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