Acts 27:1-44 Foundering in a Wreck

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Exposition of Acts: Foundering in a Wreck

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. THE STORY
A. MANAGEMENT OF THE VOYAGE

>>1. AMONG THE PRISONERS
Acts 27:1 When it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius.
(also Mk 10:27; Mt 8; Lk 7; 23; Acts 10, 21-28)
>>2. ALONG THE COAST
Acts 27:2 And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica.
>>3. ACROSS TO CYPRUS/CILICIA
Acts 27:3-5 The next day we put in at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and granting permission go to his friends and be cared for. And putting out to sea from there we sailed under shelter of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. After we had sailed across the open sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we arrived at to Myra in Lycia.

B. MISJUDGMENT OF OPTIONS
>>1. ABOARD THE SHIP
Acts 27:6-8 There the centurion found a ship from Alexandria sailing for Italy and put us on board. We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, yet as the wind did not allow us to enter harbor, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Cape Salmone. Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to the Bay of Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.
>>2. AROUND THE ADVICE
Acts 27:9-11 Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them: “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the Captain of the ship than to what Paul said.
(also II Cor 11:25)
>>3. ABOUT THE CHOICE
Acts 27:12 And because the bay was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.

II. THE STORM
A. MISTAKE OF THE CAPTAIN

>>1. AGAINST GOOD JUDGMENT
Acts 27:13-16 Now when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to the shore. But soon a tempestuous wind, called a Nor’easter, struck down from the land.
And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. Running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the ship’s boat.

>>2. ATOP THE WAVES
Acts 27:17-19 After hoisting it on deck, they used support [cables] to undergird the ship. Then, fearing that they would run aground on the ‘Syrtis Sands’, they lowered sea anchor sheets, and thus they were driven along. Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard by hand.

B. MESSAGE OF HOPE
>>1. AT WIT’S END
Acts 27:20-22 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned. Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
>>2. ABOVE THE STORM
Acts 27:23-25 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to Whom I belong and Whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’
>>3. ACCORDING TO GOD
Acts 27:26 Consequently, men, take heart, for I believe God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we must run aground on some island.”
(also Job 13:15)

III. THE SHIPWRECK
A. MUTINY OF THE CREW

>>1. APART FROM FEAR
Acts 27:27-29 When the 14th night had come, as we were being driven across the Adria, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. So they took a sounding and found twenty fathoms. A little farther on they took a sounding again and found fifteen fathoms. And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come.
>>2. AMID THE CONFUSION
Acts 27:30-32 As the sailors were seeking to escape the ship and had lowered the ship’s boat into the sea under pretense of laying out sea anchors from the bow, Paul said to the centurion and soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” So the soldiers cut away the ropes and let the boat go.

B. MIRACLE OF DELIVERANCE
>>1. ALONG WITH EVERYONE
Acts 27:33-38 As day was about to break, Paul urged everyone to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. Therefore, I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all, he broke it and began to eat. Everyone was encouraged and also ate. (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.) And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.
>>2. ASTRIDE THE REEF
Acts 27:39-41 Now when it was day, they didn’t recognize the land, but noted a bay with a beach, on which they planned possibly to run the ship ashore. So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the steering oars. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. But where the sea met the water of the bay, they ran the vessel aground on a sand bar. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf.
>>3. AFTER THE WRECK
Acts 27:42-44 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. But the Centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.


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