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Voyage to Rome | Shipwrecked! - Part 3

I Told You So!

But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, "Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.' Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. However, we must run aground on a certain island." ~Acts 27:21-25

Well! That's more like a message of the good, the bad, and the ugly. No telling who on deck wants to throw Paul overboard for rubbing it in. But no one has any fight left. Sea sickness, hunger, fear and exhaustion rules. By the fourteenth night, they know that land is near. No time is wasted as the skiff is lowered by the anchoring crew as an escape vessel, lest the ship break up on the rocky shore; but Paul warns that all must stay aboard and trust God or they will not survive the rescue that God has planned for them.

Obligingly, the Roman soldiers cut the ropes on the skiff and set it adrift. Finally, someone listens to Paul!

Next morning the rudder is loosed, and the main sail is hoisted. The captain hopes the wind will dump them aground on the sandy beach ahead. Suddenly, everything and everyone not tied down blows forward on every level as the ship strikes a reef instead, jamming the prow into the rocks. With every smashing wave, the stern breaks apart, littering the reef with floating debris and planking.

The soldiers set about to kill the prisoners to prevent escape, but Julius wishes to save Paul, and gives the command - All who can swim are to jump ship and head for shore first.

and the rest, some on boards and some on parts of the ship. And so it was that they all escaped safely to land. ~Acts 27:44 NKJV

Hooray! Shipwrecked but saved - WHERE?

A shipwreck scene:
Image Credit: © Can Stock Photo / marzolino
(Monitor shipwreck old illustration in front of cape hatteras, north carolina. created by lebreton, published on l'illustration, journal universel, paris, 1863)
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