I would assume those who gathered represented the Jewish leadership in Rome. This was a terrible tragedy, but more Jews died in the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A. God had provided Paul with rented facilities that would accommodate all who came to hear the gospel. Third, these heathen idolaters are far more receptive and gracious toward Paul than the Jewish leaders in Rome. This was pretty exceptional treatment. All on board the ship were saved, on account of Paul.
Jesus responded that while every blasphemy against Him might be forgiven, they had blasphemed against the Holy Spirit, and this sin would never be forgiven. They wanted to release him but encountered strong opposition from the Jews, forcing Paul to appeal to Caesar. Did Paul agonize about this? Now this is a surprise, to me at least. One cannot imagine Paul being with these folks for three months and not sharing the gospel with them. Paul was the opposite of Jonah as we noted in our last lesson.
God provided Paul with the message and with the boldness to proclaim it. They had seen and heard more than enough evidence to prove that Jesus was the promised Messiah, but they refused to believe in Him. This is what I will do for them. Just imagine the blessing to the Gentiles when Israel comes to faith! Do you think the other prisoners especially any who may have been condemned to death would be allowed such freedom? In the meantime, God is using the evangelization of the Gentiles to provoke the Jews to jealousy: 13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. This is the edited manuscript of Lesson 35 in the Studies in the Book of Acts series prepared by Robert L. Paul was greatly encouraged to see them and thanked God for this.
Let me suggest some possibilities. How unsearchable are his judgments and how fathomless his ways! They are drunk, but not because of wine; they stagger, but not because of beer. To put it differently, Luke is not nearly as interested in reporting about the disasters and dark side of life as he is in proclaiming the good news of the gospel. On the whole, while its more serious tone may disappoint some fans of , 's performances are just as tight and as passionate, and even more impressive in their maturity and scope. They did not believe because they could not believe.
Copyright © 2006 by Community Bible Chapel, 418 E. When he saw them, Paul thanked God and took courage. The point is that Paul is doing very menial work here when he gathers firewood. There was already a church there, a church to which Paul had already written the Book of Romans several years earlier. Romans 11:12 Let us end this lesson and this study of the Book of Acts with the words of Paul at the end of Romans 11: 33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! I have been around the water in my younger days. One could certainly argue that if Acts was written around or before 62 A.
That date came, and so did a good number of Jews. Jesus has just made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Bob was born and raised in a Christian home i. Do we not expect to at least see this promise fulfilled by reading an account similar to what we have read in chapters 24—26? Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself has not allowed him to live! Lest you think the Abrahamic Covenant is not instructive to Christians which it surely is! The rest were probably herded into some crowded prison. God had even given some indication of these changes when He repeatedly revealed that in Jerusalem Paul would encounter imprisonment and persecutions.
Many of these pieces reached shore because the non-swimmers clung to them as they worked their way to shore. I want you to notice that Peter takes Old Testament texts which were originally directed to the Jews and applies them to Gentile believers. In Matthew 13:14-15 , Mark 4:12 , and Luke 8:10 , Jesus cited this same text from Isaiah 6 to explain why He had begun to teach the people in parables. It is available on the Internet at:. After praying, Paul put his hands on this fellow and healed him. He promised to bless Abraham and Sarah by giving them a son Isaac. But of course, none of it can even start before you tune out the world with some music to get you in the mood.
The passengers would not have kept any heavy clothing, because they had to swim or paddle on some piece of wreckage to shore. They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. In particular, it is about the advance of the gospel by the commencement of the Times of the Gentiles. Luke has something more important to describe than the fall of Jerusalem. They claim not to have received any letters about Paul, nor had any brethren come from Jerusalem because of Paul. Why are there accounts of one rescue after another which enable Paul to get to Rome, and then in the final chapter of the book, we are not given any account of his trial, and particularly its outcome? Two More Years Acts 28:30-31 30 Paul lived there two whole years in his own rented quarters and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete boldness and without restriction Acts 28:30-31. What mattered to Paul was not his life or his death.
What is the connection between the serpent, the sick, and the supplies? The local people saw what was happening and came to help. Even though Jesus had performed many signs among them, the Jews as a nation still refused to believe. I now believe that Luke concluded the Book of Acts just as he very carefully crafted it to be. The conclusion to the Book of Acts is unique in a different way — it does not answer some questions which are in our minds: 1. See Acts 20:23; 21:4, 10-14.
Let me underscore the fact that while God uses our spiritual gifts to bless others, this is not the only way that we can be a blessing to others. In verse 25, Luke tells us that these Jews disagreed among themselves about what Paul had taught. The arrangements here are still at least as dynamic, however, with not only the expanded lineup, but the addition of a string quartet and choir on some songs. They are deeply entrenched in idol worship. After wintering on Malta for three months, they once again set sail, making port first at Syracuse, an important city of Sicily. Death would actually be a promotion! I think what they are saying is that while they had received no formal charges against Paul, they were aware of the gospel and its impact, and at best they were skeptical.