Chapter 15



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(Acts 27:43,44)  But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim [which were the strongest - sperm] should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: And the rest [weaker], some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship [were saved by clinging to certain church doctrines of whole or partial truth]. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.

(Acts 28:1,2)  And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita [Malta, 60 miles south of Sicily]. And the barbarous people showed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold [it was the early winter month mid-October].

1.       barbarian = Dict: 1. a man in a rude, savage state; an uncivilized person.

2.       Commentary: an extreme example of a barbarian is the wild man possessed of Legion – 6000 demons: Mark 5:9; Luke 8:30.

3.       (Joel 2:23)  Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

(Acts 28:3-6)  And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks [something desiccated, i.e. a dry twig], and laid them on the fire, there came a viper [a poisonous snake] out of the heat [“Our God is a consuming fire” Heb 12:29], and fastened on his hand [i.e. symbolically his work (Heb: power)]. And when the [superstitious] barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook off the beast [a dangerous animal:--(venomous, wild) beast] into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

1.       fastened = Gk: to seize /// to attach oneself to, i.e. to touch.

2.       superstition = Dict: 1. a belief or notion entertained, regardless of reason or knowledge, of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like. 2. any blindly accepted belief or notion. 3. a system or collection of superstitious beliefs or customs. 4. irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, esp. in connection with religion.

(Acts 28:7-10)  In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius [Lat: “popular”]; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously. And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed: Who also honoured us with many honours [were exceedingly thankful]; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.

1.       “three days” = perhaps always a biblical symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (salvation), to some meaningful degree.


(Mark 16:15,16)  And he said unto them, Go ye into [penetrate] all the world, and preach the gospel [sow the seed of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, in] to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized [symbolically in the blood of Jesus Christ] shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned [judged against: condemned].

1.       (Gen 1:28)  And God blessed them [Adam and Woman], and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth [i.e. every creature].

2.       (John 1:14)  And the Word [of God] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

3.       (Luke 8:11)  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

4.       (Mark 4:13,14)  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word [seed = Jesus Christ].


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