The Power Has Come – Wk 28

The Power Has Come – Wk 28


    After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was
    called Malta. 2  The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they
    kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was
    cold. 3  When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire,
    a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. 4  When the
    native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one
    another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from
    the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5  He, however, shook off the
    creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6  They were waiting for him to
    swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time
    and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said
    that he was a god. 7  Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands
    belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us
    and entertained us hospitably for three days. 8  It happened that the father of
    Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed,
    and putting his hands on him, healed him. 9  And when this had taken place,
    the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were
    cured. 10  They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail,
    they put on board whatever we needed.
    11  After three months we set sail in a ship that had wintered in the island, a
    ship of Alexandria, with the twin gods as a figurehead. 12  Putting in at
    Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. 13  And from there we made a
    circuit and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind sprang up,
    and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 14  There we found brothers and

were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome.
15  And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the
Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul
thanked God and took courage. 16  And when we came into Rome, Paul was
allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him.
17  After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and
when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, though I had done
nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was
delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18  When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because
there was no reason for the death penalty in my case. 19  But because the
Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar—though I had no
charge to bring against my nation. 20  For this reason, therefore, I have
asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of
Israel that I am wearing this chain.” 21  And they said to him, “We have
received no letters from Judea about you, and none of the brothers coming
here has reported or spoken any evil about you. 22  But we desire to hear
from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that
everywhere it is spoken against.”
23  When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging
in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them,
testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus
both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. 24  And some were
convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. 25  And disagreeing
among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement:
“The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the
26  “ ‘Go to this people, and say,
“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
27  For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’

28  Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent
to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
30  He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all
who came to him, 31  proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the
Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.


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