Acts Chapter 28

Acts 28

1And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.

2And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.

3And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.

4And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.

5And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

6Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

7In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.

8And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.

9So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:

10Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.

11And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.

12And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.

13And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:

14Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.

15And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.

16And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.

17And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.

18Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.

19But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.

20For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.

21And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.

22But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

23And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

24And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

25And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,

26Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:

27For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

28Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

29And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.

30And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,

31Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

 

28 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 28

  1. Like Paul, if we live for God he will protect us. The signs of this protection will sometimes afford us opportunity to witness Jesus to others. This passage also reminds us that not all that hear the message of the Gospel will recieve it.

  2. This chapter proves what Psalm 91:10,11 “No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague be near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” Paul lands in some island in the middle of nowhere, and the natives show him kindness, as he picks ups some wood gets bitten by a viper. Immediately and without restrains people begin to judge him and rumors start about his so called sins. They all gather around waiting to watch as the symptoms of the venom begin, but they don’t know that we serve a Powerful God, a Healing God, to whom NOTHING is impossible. When they see nothing happend, they think he is a god. Paul as always takes the opportunity to spread the gospel and tell all about Jesus Christ, and minister through healings. They all believe!!! He gets to Rome and start spreading the Gospel among the Jews and some believe and other dont, all because he tells them that this promise is also available to us Gentiles. It is hard to understand how we harden our hearts to God all because we prejudge people and their words, because the truth is spoken and we prefer to judge the speaker and shot our ears to the truth. Lord let the ears be opened, let the hearts be soften, let their minds be opened to your truth.

  3. I’m always amazed how the world preceives that which God can do.In this passage we see Paul bitten by a poisonious snake. Now, we can look at this two ways : One- In Gen. the devil took the shape of a snake and so we can say that Paul was bitten by the devil who was trying to kill him. Two-God will always keep those who trust in Him.Paul ,putting his trust in God was keep from harm. To “BE CHURCH” we must learn to trust in God more than we have before for all our needs.

  4. After everything Paul and the other prisioners went through,he finally got to Rome,to hear this:(21w )and they unto him;we neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee,neither any of the bretheren….and this wasn’t a quencidence because of what they said on (22)8ut we desire to hear of thee,for as concerning this sect we know that everything it is spoken against…All i can say right now is we need more Paul like people in our church and out if it,–God in Jesus name give us the strenth,genuine faith,determination and love so thant you can finish what you startes in us…BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS’ SAKE mathew 5:10 amen

  5. Vs.30 & 31. Paul dwelt in his own hired house and received all that came unto him. He preached and taught with confidence those things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. This reminds me of Home Bible Study. Let’s BE CHURCH and teach more Home Bible Studies.

  6. While serving, he reached his hand out and was attacked. Yet after this came a miracle and a display of God’s power, with many converts.

    I see in this to not be discouraged, this place or service, though it brought an attack, soon became an even greater way of being used by God.

    Also to have confidence, let the truth speak for itself and trust in God, despite what others think.

  7. God is our protector. Not only in the physical but spiritually, too. There will always be something trying to latch on to us and “kill” us but if we continue to trust in God and to do what He has for us to do we can just shake it off and it will be a testimony for others to see.

  8. While Paul was busy doing the work of God, a viper came out of the fire and latched onto his hand, and he was able to shake off the snake, and no harm came to him. Many times while we are doing the work and the will of God, things will come into our lives quite possibly for a test to see if we are going to allow it to stop us, or if we are going to shake it off and continue on in the work and the will of God. I believe God has great signs, wonders and miracles for the Church that responds like the book of Acts, but along with those miracles, there are going to be tests and we must be persistent and shake off what will so easily beset us so that we BE CHURCH!

  9. Paul shook the viper off in the fire & felt no harm. Sometimes we have things or people come into our life that deadly to us. We don’t to let is kill us. We can shake it off & cast it into the fire & allow God to do the rest.

  10. The people’s reaction to Paul being bitten reminds me of how those who don’t understand walking with God can misinterpret circumstances of a person who is walking with God. They might look at that person encountering troubles and trials and say “well if God really was a God of love, that wouldn’t be happening to them.” Or they might look at them when they’re receiving obvious blessings and think “what’d they do to deserve that?” I personally can think of times when my actions and circumstances probably looked like foolishness and hopelessness to those who didn’t understand I was trying to follow the will of God and stand on His Word and promises. Our lives might sometimes look ridiculous and strange in worldly terms, but as it is amazingly illustrated in Acts 28, what matters ultimately is God’s terms not the world’s. The world might not understand but that’s fine as long as we’re pleasing God.

  11. It amazes me that as soon as Paul was bitten he was automatically labeled a murderer. Paul`s faith & confidence in God led him to so many miracles that even the people who saw them didnt believe I get excited when I hear about a miricle Lord help us not to be so hard in our hearts that we wax cold but to have enough faith to believe just because your word said we should

  12. Pauls journey bears the marks of the miraculous time and time again. Provision, Protection, Deliverance are all present in his journey through the book of Acts. One thing Paul resolved to but did not stop him we find in verse 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

    Although some did not believe; Paul continued to preach the gospel. In return he was blessed with 2 years of unchallenged teaching and preaching.

    Grow not weary in well doing! In due season we will REAP!

    BE Church
    BE Faithful

  13. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. Now that sounds familiar! All in the same place feeling the same power and annointing as the word goes forth…..Yet, not all receive it.

  14. It was already prophesied that the salvation of God would be sent unto the gentiles… But what would Paul’s message be to the church of 2010 if he saw us now. He said the Jews would not hear, see, understand or be converted. that sounds like the Gentiles now; only some are receiving. Lord help us hear, see, and understand… Let us be converted, transformed, regenerated! We need you! We believe!

  15. Part of verse 24-27 (Message Version) says…..Go to this people and tell them this:
    “You’re going to listen with your ears,
    but you won’t hear a word;
    You’re going to stare with your eyes,
    but you won’t see a thing.
    Sometimes we hear what we want to hear not what God is actually saying to us. We need to be like Paul and always have our door open ready to share God’s word when the opportunity presents itself.

  16. The 28th chapter is the last chapter in Acts but it is not the end of the story. After being held two years in prison at Rome, Paul was released and revisited many of the churches. We know he was in Crete long enough to found some new churches (Titus 1:5). Then he probably went to Ephesus and Macedonia (I Timothy 1:3), where he visited the Philippians and the Thessalonians. During this time he wrote Epistles to Timothy and Titus. He then joined Titus at Nicopolis of Epirus for the winter (Titus 3:12).

    In the spring, he must have carried out his plan to return to Asia (I Timothy 3:14-15) for He was arrested in Troas where he left his cloak and books (II Timothy 4:13). After his arrest he was taken to Ephesus and then to Rome for his trial. From Prison, Paul wrote his Second Epistle to Timothy. He senses that his time is getting short and charges Timothy to preach sound doctrine. He said, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand” (II Timothy 4:6). In this last letter he also tells Timothy that Crescens, Titus, and Tychicus all left him and warns him about Alexander, the coppersmith (II Timothy 1:10-15). He writes, “Only Luke is with me” (II Timothy 4:11).

    Luke is an unsung hero! His writing, which includes more than one-fourth of the New Testament, is superb. Some say he wrote the history of the apostles to keep it authentic and intended to write a second history book. However, during this time (60–70) persecution had accelerated. James, Jude, Simon, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Peter and Paul all suffered martyrdom during this time, so it’s understandable that Luke didn’t write another book. After Paul’s death, Luke evangelized on his own. Some believe Luke was crucified near Achara and others believe that he died of old age in Bithynia.

    Not only was Luke an evangelist in his own right, he was also a Physician. Paul was short, broad-shouldered, and somewhat bald with closely-knit eyebrows and a grayish beard. He had a pleasing and affable manner and a painful, humiliating infirmity (II Corinthians 12:7-9). Some believe Paul’s infirmity had to do with his eyes (Galatians 4:15) because he didn’t see well. In Acts 23:3-5, Paul didn’t recognize that he was speaking to Ananias, the high priest, when he called him thou whited wall. He should have recognized his priestly clothes. God wouldn’t heal Paul (II Corinthians 12:5-10) but He did send Luke to help ease Paul’s affliction. Luke was loyal to the end.

    We must all heed Luke’s devotion to Paul by standing by our pastor and his family as Luke stood by Paul. We need to lift their hands when they are down or have needs by praying and fasting for them. We must let them know that we love them and support the church so it can win souls. If we don’t, who will?

  17. God continued to do miracles with Paul. Verse 4, to me the snake signifies Satan, when you least expect trouble, that is when the devil strikes. But with God, and having faith in him, all troubles will be taken care of by him.

    We should always listen to the voice of God, or when we feel we are being tugged towards him. Many times we only listen to what we want to here to justify our decision. Having a relationship with God, their is someone you can lean on for help.

  18. v17-20 Paul wanted to preach the gospel in Rome, and he eventually got there – in chains, through shipwreck, and after many trials. Although he may have wished for an easier passage, he knew that God had blessed him greatly in allowing him to meet the believers in Rome and preach the message to both Jews and Gentiles in that great city. In all things, God worked for Paul’s good. We can trust God to do the same for us. God may not make us comfortable or secure, but he will provide the opportunity to do his work.

  19. Paul showed there is nothing to fear except, God when he shook off the snake. He also showed humility, he could have easily accepted the temptation that was placed before him when they perceived him as a god. This Chapter is an inspiration of faith, courage and wisdom, which other saints like Paul have shown.

  20. I am struck by the verbage used to describe the people of Malta-who actually were not babaric in action at all!
    In fact they showed the castaways ‘no little kindness’ after the shipwreck. Plus sent them away with all their necessities!
    What a witness Paul left with these people.
    Paul is truly a witness wherever he goes and whatever the circumstances are in his life. What an example for me to follow to be more like Jesus!

  21. God protected Paul cause it was not his time. He still had work to do. If pauls life had ended in vrs 5 look at how many lives would have still needed healing and how many people would have needed to hear the word. Let us Be Church, be bold, be strong and turn our problems into opportunities to be used by God to preform miracles and spead the gospel.

  22. Paul never lost sight of his mission. His story never changed. His testimony of what God had done for him, and the word of God was his only defense. God kept him. God kept Paul because Paul stayed close to God…

  23. 28:28 salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles. The main thought of the book of Acts. The gospel is meant for all. And Paul was a chosen vessell to carry the message to Gentiles as well as to Jews.

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