Showing compassion to a prisoner #1

Acts Bible Background

07.27.2017 – New Testament: Acts 27.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 27.1–25 on July 27, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Finally, the Romans began their journey to take Paul to Rome. This meant going on ships until they reached their destination. During the first part of the voyage, the centurion in charge learned of the nature of Paul, and gave him liberty that other prisoners would not have enjoyed from the Romans,

And when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment. So, entering a ship of Adramyttium, we put to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia. Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us. And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care (Acts 27.1–3). 

Think on that last sentence. Why would Julius, the Roman centurion, allow Paul such liberty? On the first leg of that trip, the centurion learned quickly of the nature of Paul, and knew that Paul posed no threat.

Questions:

  • Do people see you as a threat to their security?
  • How do people see you?

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