- Acts 27:36-40
- Acts 27:36 (KJB)
- Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.
- Paulís example had the desired effect. Everyone was very happy to
partake of the food and especially after being starved for fourteen days, it
was welcomed because it probably started to revive the people. Paulís prayer
no doubt also had a good impact upon the people on board.
- Acts 27:37 (KJB)
- And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.
- The Scripture draws attention to the fact that there were 276 ďsoulsĒ on
board. This means living persons. It was not the largest audience Paul ever
had but it was definitely the only crowd where they unanimously did what he
- Acts 27:38 (KJB)
- And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out
the wheat into the sea.
- Now that everyone had eaten, they regained their strength back and still
had to lighten the ship. Up to this point they had thrown everything
overboard which weighed down the ship and held on to the wheat because it
was a big cash crop. However, the time had come to toss everything overboard
including the wheat, so they could lighten the ship enough to ride higher in
the water, so they could continue heading toward the shore and finally be on
- Acts 27:39 (KJB)
- And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a
certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were
possible, to thrust in the ship.
- When daylight finally arrived, they did not recognize the land where
they were. In looking over the land, they had noticed a creek or bay which
had a shore that they could possibly anchor the ship safely. They were
taking a great chance, since they did not know where they were and that
meant they did not know the depth of that bay or if it had any jagged rocks
underneath which could tear the ship apart. They were on the Island of Malta
which was not a regular stopping point for the wheat ships. By bringing the
boat into the bay, it looked like it would be safe to bring everyone ashore.
The bay where they went into is called today St. Paulís Bay.
- Acts 27:40 (KJB)
- And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves
unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoisted up the mainsail to
the wind, and made toward shore.
- Since the sailors had a visual sight of the bay, immediately they went
to work. They took up the four anchors which were in the water and hoisted
the mainsail hoping the breeze would bring them into the bay safely. They
then released the rudder bands which was the steering paddle. The storm was
still raging where they were but they thought they could make it to land
since they were not to far from the shoreline. The sailors were now doing
the best they could as they began to head toward the shore. If they had not
previously tried to abandon ship, they would still have the little boat with
them which they could have used to scout out the conditions in the bay.