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Pastors Jim and Marie Watt

Two Are Better Than One

(From ACTS #47 - 28:1-16)


B. 28:1-10 SUPERNATURAL MINISTRY OF PAUL

1. 28:1-6 WORD CONFIRMED THROUGH VIPER STING

a. 28:1 And when we were escaped, then we knew that the island was called Melitene.

Kai di-a-soTHENtes [1295], TOte ePEGno-men [1921]HOti Me-liTEneheNEsos [3520]kaLEItai.


b. 28:2 THE HOSPITALITY OF THE BARBARIANS

HOI te BARba-roi [915]paREIchan [3930]ou ten tuCHOUsan [51770phi-lan-throPIan [5363] huMIN:

And the barbarians showed us no common kindness:

HApsan-tes [855] gar puRAN, pro-seLAbon-to [4355] PANtas heMAS,

for they kindled a fire, andreceived us all,

diA ton hu-eTON [5205] ton e-pheSTOta [2186], kai diA to PSUchos [5592].

because of the present :rain, and because of the cold.


c. 28:3 PAUL BITTEN BY A VIPER

suSTREpsan-tos [4962] de tou PAUlou phruGAnon [5434] ti PLEthos [4128]

But when :Paul had gathered a quantity of sticks

kai e-peTHENtos ePI ten puRAN, Echid-na [2191] aPO tes THERmes [2329] e-xelTHOUsa [1831],

and laid on the fire, a viper came out from the heat,

kaTHEpse [2510] tes cheiROS auTOU.

andfastened on his :hand.


d. 28:4 THE SURMISE OF THE BARBARIANS: PAUL SUFFERING JUSTICE

hos de EIdan hoi BARba-roi kreMAme-non [2910] to theRIon [2342] ek tes cheiROS auTOU,

And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging from his :hand,

pros alLElous Ele-gon, PANtos phoNEUS [5406] es-tin ho ANthro-pos HOUtos,

they said one to another, No doubt this :man is a murderer,

hon, di-a-soTHENta [1295] ek tes thaLASses, he DIke [1349] zen ouk EIa-sen [1439].

whom, though he has escaped from the sea, yet:Justice has not suffered to live.


e. 28:5 Howbeit he shook off the creature into the fire, andtook no harm.

ho men oun a-po-tiNAxas [660] to theRIon [2342] eis to pur, Epa-then [3958] ouDEN kaKON.


f. 28:6 THE REVERSAL OF JUDGMENT BY THE BARBARIANS CONCERNING PAUL

hoi de pro-seDOkon [4328] auTON MELlein PIMpras-thai [4092],

But they expected that he would have swollen,

eka-taPIPtein [2667]APHno [869]neKRON: ePI poLU de auTON pros-doKONton

or fallen down dead suddenly: but when they were long in expectation

kai the-oROUNton meDEN Ato-pon [824] eis auTON giNOme-non,

and saw nothing amiss come to him,

me-ta-baLOme-noi [3328], Ele-gon auTON EInai theON.

they changed their minds, and said he was a god.


2. 28:7-10 HONOR THROUGH HEALINGS

a. 28:7 CHIEF MAN OF ISLAND SHOWS ADDED HOSPITALITY

En de tois peRI ton TOpon eKEInon huPERchen choRIa [5564]

Now in the neighborhood of the :place were lands

to PROto tes NOsou, oNOma-ti PoPLIo;

belonging to the chief man of the island, Publius by name;

hos a-na-deXAme-nos [324] heMAS, heMEras treis phi-loPHROnos [5390] eXEni-sen [3579].

who received us, andentertained us three days courteously.


b. 28:8 PAUL HEALS SICK FATHER OF HEADMAN

eGEne-to de, ton paTEra tou PoPLIou pu-reTOIS [4445] kai du-sen-teRIo [1420] su-neCHOme-non [4912]

And it was so, that the father of :Publius lay sick of fever

ka-taKEISthai [2621]: pros hon ho PAUlos ei-selTHON,

and dysentery: unto whom :Paul entered in,

kai pro-seuXAme-nos, e-piTHEIS tas CHEIras auTO 'IAsa-to [2390] auTON.

and prayed, and laying :hands on him healed him.


c. 28:9-10 THIS INITIATES HEALING OF OTHERS, AND YET GREATER HOSPITALITY

TOUtou de ge-noMEnou, kai hoi loiPOI hoi en te NEso Echon-tes

And when this was done, the rest also that had diseases

as-theNEIas [769] proSERchon-to [4334], kai e-the-raPEUon-to [2323]:

in the island came, and were cured:

hoi kai polLAIS tiMAIS [5091] eTImesan [5092] heMAS;

10who also honored us with many honors;

kai a-na-goMEnois [321], ePEthen-to ta pros tas CHREIas.

and when we sailed, they put on board such thingsas we needed.


C. 28:11-16 PAUL ARRIVES AT ROME

1. 28:11-15 MELITA TO ITALY

a. 28:11 THEY EMBARK ON A SHIP FROM ALEXANDRIA

MeTA de treis MEnas aNECHthe-men [321] en PLOIo

And after three months we set sail in a ship of Alexandria

pa-ra-ke-chei-maKOti [3914] en te NEso A-le-xanDRIno, pa-raSEmo [3902] Di-oSKOUrois.

which had wintered in the island, whose sign was TheTwin Brothers.


b. 28:12 And touching at Syracuse, we tarried three days.

kai ka-tachTHENtes [2609]eis Su-raKOUsas, e-peMEIna-men eMEras treis.


c. 28:13-14 STEPS TO ARRIVAL IN ROME

HOthen pe-ri-eLONtes [4022], ka-tenTEsamen [2658] eis 'REgi-on:

And from there we made a circuit, andarrived at Rhegium:

kai meTA MIan heMEran e-pi-ge-noMEnou NOtou [3558], deu-teRAIoi ELtho-men eis Po-tiOlous;

and after one day a south wind sprang up, andon the second we came to Puteoli;

hou heuRONtes a-delPHOUS, pa-reKLEthe-men [3870] par' auTOIS

14where we found brethren, andwere entreated to tarry

e-piMEInai heMEras hepTA: kai HOUtos eis ten 'ROmen ELtha-men.

with them seven days: and so we came to :Rome.


d. 28:15 BRETHREN FROM ROME MEET THEM ON THE WAY

ka' 'KEIthen hoi a-delPHOI, aKOUsan-tes ta meRI heMON,

And there the brethren, when they heard about us,

ELthan eis aPANte-sin [529]heMIN Achri ApPIou PHOrou kai TriON Ta-berNON;

came to meet us as far as TheMarket of Appius and TheThree Taverns;

hous iDON ho PAUlos, eu-cha-riSTEsas [2168] to TheO, Ela-be THARsos [2294].

whom when :Paul saw, he thanked :God, andtook courage.


2. 28:16 PAUL DELIVERED TO ROME

HOte de eiSELtha-men eis 'ROmen, e-peTRApe [2010] to PAUlo

And when we entered into Rome, :Paul was permitted

MEnein kath' he-auTON sun to phuLASson-ti [5442] auTON stra-tiOte.

to live by himself with the soldier that guarded him.


NOTE: 28:8-10 - Both Jesus and Paul used healing first as an act of compassion, but then through God it became supernatural advertising, and brought many more into contact with them. This led to evangelism, belief and discipleship. Then out of gratitude to God through His servants, the recipients loaded them with benefits. Women met the needs of Jesus and His apostles; the residents of Malta loaded Paul and his friends with all their needs for their continued journey to Rome.


28:15 - We see how human the apostle Paul was: he received couragethrough the brethren from Rome coming down to meet him before his arrival there. The appearances of Jesus in vision on the road to Damascus; in Jerusalem; in Corinth; aboard ship on the way to Rome; when all men deserted him but the Lord; and a number of other times - all served to strengthen and encourage him in the difficult ministry to which the Lord had called him.


So - both the thoughtfulness of the Lord - and the love and fellowship of brethren - all contributed to help the apostle consummate the ministry given to him of the Lord.


And have we thought how our Lord Himself in His humanity also looked for human understanding and fellowship? When but one non-Jewish leper out of 10 returned to give thanks for his healing - Jesus out loud asked where were the 9 Jewish lepers who were also healed? And in the Garden of Gethsemane near His end, He coveted His 3 close disciples to be with Him at that time, and was disappointed that they slept rather than prayed with Him in His great hour of need.


And what of Jesus and the Father in Heaven now? Do they not appreciate our understanding, our love and our care on Their behalf? Does not the concern of their invisible Kingdom down here grip our hearts? Is not thanksgiving and praise a perpetual uprising in our hears on their loving behalf? Oswald Chambers in “My Utmost for His Highest” brings out how often we forget Jesus today - much as His own disciples and people neglected Him then in His earthly ministry.


Yes - Paul appreciated human fellowship and understanding - and how much moredoes Jesus today? As we listen inwardly through meditation, we will hear the Holy Spirit within us making these truths realto our hearts. J.A.W.