Acts 27: Shipwrecked!

Today’s chapter is immensely interesting for three reasons.

One, Luke is writing good literature.  We are coming down to the end of the book.  We have a goal we know the main character has — to get to Rome — but further, seemingly insurmountable complications come.  Luke knows how to push us along in the book!

Two, Luke is writing convincing history.  Scholars who study the book of Acts marvel at how historically accurate and detailed this chapter is.  This chapter is one of the best accounts of ancient nautical practices in all ancient literature.  This is not the kind of chapter an author makes up.  This was written by a smart researcher and eyewitness, as we know from the “we” in the first verse.

Three, Luke is ultimately writing theology.  It is not entirely correct to call Acts an historical account.  It is too theological to be pure history in genre (that is no denial of the factual nature of Acts).  Acts is selective history written for a specific theological point.  I was struck by how even this account of a shipwreck became a way for Paul to preach the gospel and also a great test of faith:

“So take heart my friends.  I believe God, that it will be as he said to me.” (27:25)

“If these men don’t stay in the ship,” he said, “there is no chance of safety.” (27:31)

What did you see in this chapter worth noting?

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6 thoughts on “Acts 27: Shipwrecked!

  1. Melanie

    It’s not so much in this chapter, specifically, but I am struck by the radical change of Saul/Paul in what seems a relatively short time. For him to go from a persecutor of Christians to being a Christian who not only embraces The Way but has developed a strong understanding and a solid faith is quite interesting to me. He’s really gone from pole to pole. I’m wondering exactly how that happened. I guess if I were struck blind, I’d have a radical change, too—or would I? Things get my attention in a big way, and then they fade out. What was it about the vision that turned Paul upside down?

    • I totally know what you are saying. Your question is a great one, as usual. I wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that Paul’s mission/vocation changed as well. Not sure. That one takes some chewing on.

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  4. Paul must have been quite a leader. There are 276 of them thrown together on this boat and still Paul rises to the top as a leader. Sure, there may have been a bit of the hand of God in this, but it is quite astounding.

  5. An angel tells Paul, “Because of God’s favor on you, he has given you the lives of everyone who is sailing with you” (27:24)

    I find that so interesting. God is protecting Paul, that is clear from Acts. But God “has given” the 275 others on this boat to Paul as fellow objects of protection. The are within his shield of protection, if you will.

    I am not sure we should turn that into some formula that is always true of the people of God, but what if people are blessed and protected just because of their proximity to the people of God? That is an interesting thought. Who is benefitting from other devotion to God? Nice thing to think about.

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