Bethany Presbyterian Church

4 Nov 2021

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Unless these men stay

Acts 27:27-32

到了第十四天的晚上,我们在亚得里亚海飘来飘去。约在半夜的时候,水手以为接近了陆地,28 就探测一下,深三十六公尺;稍往前行,再探测一下,深二十七公尺。29 他们怕我们会在乱石上搁浅,就从船尾拋下四个锚,期待着天亮。30 水手们想要离船逃走,就把救生艇放在海上,假装要从船头拋锚的样子。31 保罗对百夫长和士兵说:“这些人若不留在船上,你们就性命难保!”32 于是士兵砍断救生艇的绳子,任它掉下去

27 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep. 29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. 31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away.






Lessons Learn

God showed his favor toward Paul by saving many people in order to demonstrate his godliness, so that the majesty of the Gospel might be seen more clearly.

On the other hand, punishments are beneficial to believers when they suffer them alongside reprobates. Meanwhile, it is a notable pledge of God’s love toward us that he makes some drops of his kindness flow from us to others.