Bethany Presbyterian Church

9 Nov 2021

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Spare Paul’s life

Acts 27:39-44

39 天亮的时候,他们不认得那个地方,只看见一个可以登岸的海湾,就有意尽可能把船拢岸。40 于是把锚砍掉,丢在海里,同时又松开舵绳,拉起前帆,顺风向岸驶去。41 但在海水夹流的地方,船就搁了浅,船头胶着不动,船尾被海浪冲击,就损坏了。42 士兵想把囚犯都杀掉,免得有人游泳逃脱。43 但百夫长想要救保罗,就阻止他们这样行。他吩咐会游泳的跳下水去,先到岸上,44 其余的人可以用木板,或船上的器具上岸。这样,大家都安全地上岸了

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.





Lessons Learn

God usually controls what he does so that many obstacles present themselves and seem to make things difficult. In this way he sharpens our attention, so that in the end we learn that he will win even if the whole world is against him.