Today’s reading gives an account of the event that followed Paul being arraigned before Festus and his trip on a ship headed for Italy for him to be tried by Caesar. The journey was rocked by a tempestuous wind which wrecked the ship in which was used to convey all prisoners.
The soldiers fearing the prisoners would escape thought to kill them but reconsidered after they realised they had no such plans. On the Island of Malta were they had landed, Paul while gathering sticks to light fire at night was attacked by a serpent but came to no harm, when the people of the land realised this, they called him a god because he was not affected by the Vernon of the serpent.
As Christians, we should realise we are for signs and wonders, it’s no wonder that Paul simply shook off the viper! He knew he was destined not to be hurt by anything because it is written so!
We carry something that is greater than what every terrestrial being could ever comprehend, for we are created in image of God.
I am for signs and wonders and the glory of the Lord is made manifest through me.
Reading – Acts 27:39-28:10
39 When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. 41 But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf.
42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.
Paul Ashore on Malta
28 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. 3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
7 There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. 8 His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. 10 They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.