Vs. 1, “Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.” After surviving the “northeaster” storm, Paul and the others found themselves shipwrecked on the island of Malta (vs. 1-10). They had almost made it to the main land, but due to the winter season, had to say for three months. Though strangers, these islanders (people who did not speak Greek) of Malta showed exceptional hospitality! Paul would use this time to minister these months to the islanders and heal all the sick. After the winter season, they would go on to finally arriving to Rome (vs. 11-15). It would take nearly 2 ½ years for Paul to finally experience God’s promise to arrive in Rome! Quite the faithful and patient man Paul was. While in Rome, Paul would be under house arrest by being chained to Roman soldier at all times. While awaiting trial, Paul would use his time wisely. As the custom, Paul would go first to the Jew to preach the Good News (vs. 16-28). As expected, some would accept the teaching while others would reject it. The book of Acts ends abruptly without any real conclusion (vs. 30-31). It is believed this letter from Luke had been completed during this time; which is why we are not told what eventually transpired. Outside historical information and tradition affirms that Paul was eventually released from imprisonment. He would go on to more missionary journeys, but eventually would be arrested again where he would write a few last epistles (letter). It is believed that Paul was beheaded around 67/68 AD.
Regarding application…Joyful Obedience. Vs. 31, “Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul was able to joyfully respond with boldness the preaching of God’s kingdom. But don’t forget this: no pain, no gain. Paul reminds us that the road to glory is not immune to hardship. Question: Is the cup half full or half empty? For example, there is always going to be a reason to look negatively at something. Church is a blessing, but it also can bring much grief. Question: How will we respond to the church or to others? God has given us our purpose to trust and obey Him. Instead of doing it with complaining and stress, let us find joy even in the midst of trials. This is a poignant reminder for me as I continue to remember the privilege of being a teacher of God’s word. Take time this week to boldly stand firm in the tasks that God has given you. Like the book of Acts, our life is not concluded. We are more chapters to be written!