Acts 27a winds of circumstance
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www.rossvillechurch.com781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741March 6, 20132Acts 27 1 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. 2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium (its home port), we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristar-chus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. Luke was with Paul on this journey.Aristarchus evidently accompanied Paul to be his helper. Aristarchus stayed with Paul during his Roman incarceration.The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.3
Bible Knowledge Commentary43 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself. 4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under (the lee or protection of) Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.
55 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. 6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexan-dria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein. 7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone; 68 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The Fair Havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea. 9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because The Fast was now already past, The Fast referred to here was probably the Day of Atonement which occurred in late September to early October. After that time of year the unsettled weather patterns over the Mediterranean Sea made sailing hazardous. In those days sea traffic ceased by early November.The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.7
89b Paul admonished them, 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. 11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.As a prisoner, we wouldnt really expect Paul to be in on any of the planning,But he was an experienced traveler in that area, so they let him speak, but didnt heed.912 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the southwest and northwest. They wanted a bigger city to spend the winter.Better hotels, restaurants, and bars.They risked their lives to have it.1013 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete. 14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. Too often we look at circumstances and think we can do this or that, and it will be good.But only God knows the future.11The man of God warned them not to sail, but they sailed anyway, and sailed into trouble.The centurion sailed because the master and owner of the ship thought that they would be okay. The majority wanted to sail because they could perhaps find a more comfortable place to winter.The winds of circumstance can change so quickly.12The majority of people are always looking for pleasure and comfort above all else.Gods Way is not always pleasant to the flesh.Gods Way is not always comfortable.But Gods Way is always right and blessed.