- Acts 27:21-25
- Acts 27:21 (KJB)
- But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and
said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from
Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
- For a long time the 276 people who were on board the ship had abstained
from food. It was probably because they would not want to become overly sea
sick or that the food had been tossed overboard or was destroyed by the sea
water entering into the ship. During the time where they were the most
vulnerable to depression, Paul stood in their midst and tells them that they
should have listened to him and remained at Crete for the winter and this
way they would not be suffering all this loss of goods and possible harm to
the people. Paul was not doing an “I told you so” but was about to give them
some good news in the middle of disaster. He wanted to get them into the
right mindset that he was right at the beginning so this way they would
listen to what he had to say and not reject it outright.
- Acts 27:22 (KJB)
- And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of
any man's life among you, but of the ship.
- If Paul did not remind them that his previous words were true, they may
have rejected the good news that he was going to give them. In the midst of
all this turmoil, Paul encourages everyone to be of good cheer. Paul then
goes on to tell them that not one person will lose their life but only the
ship will be lost.
- Acts 27:23 (KJB)
- For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom
- Paul then continues stating that an angel of God had appeared to him and
stood beside him. Paul then continues to say that he belongs to God as a
servant of the true God and not one of the false Greek gods. So the
information that he has for them is absolutely true and will not be deviated
from in any measure, small or large. If God speaks it, then it will come to
- Acts 27:24 (KJB)
- Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God
hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
- God confirms to Paul that he must stand before Caesar as a testimony and
God has granted that all those who are on board this ship will live through
the storm and the coming shipwreck. Up to this time it seemed all hope was
lost but Paul must have found a small space where he could get alone with
the Lord and pray. The leaders on board and the centurion could do nothing
to help save this ship but the only reason that all the lives were to be
saved because there was a man of God on board who still had divinely
ordained work to do. It was for Paul’s sake that God spared the lives of
everyone on that ship.
- Acts 27:25 (KJB)
- Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be
even as it was told me.
- Paul had concluded his small message with the same way he started that
everyone on board should be of good cheer that if God states something is
going to happen a certain way, then it will happen just the way God decrees
it. They should not fear the present situation because this bit of
tribulation has already had its outcome decreed by God. Now that God had
spoken to them, they could get their eyes off the storm and off of the
discouraging circumstances and fix them on God. (Isa 26:3 KJV)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because
he trusteth in thee.