Bible Stories for Adults
Paul's Journey to Rome and Shipwreck
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Bible Words to Remember:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Finish the Race (Acts 20-21)
Did Paul have any idea that going to Jerusalem would bring prison and hardship?
How certain was he that this would happen?
How did Christians respond to the fate that awaited Paul in Jerusalem?
Did all of this change Paul's mind?
Arrested (Acts 21-24)
How was Paul arrested?
What did the Jerusalem commander do when he couldn't decide what to do with Paul?
With no basis to punish Paul, but in trouble with the Jews for other reasons, what did Felix do?
Acts 24:22-23, 27
With Paul tied up in prison these two years, what did Luke likely do?
Trial Before Festus (Acts 25:1-12)
How long did it take the new governor to learn about Paul's case?
What did the Jewish leaders ask Festus to do?
How did the prosecution and defense arguments go during this trial?
Faced with upsetting his new constituency with an inevitable acquittal, what did Festus do?
What did Paul think of this idea?
Festus Consults King Agrippa (Acts 25-26)
Who came to visit the new governor just a few weeks after Festus took office?
Why was Paul brought to trial before King Agrippa?
How did King Agrippa reply after Paul told his story?
What did King Agrippa think about everything he had heard?
With Nero as Caesar, why would Paul have been so quick to appeal to Caesar?
Emperor Nero was too young to rule at this time, so his tutor, Seneca, led in his place
Seneca was a positive & just leader, Paul would have stood trial before Seneca
Seneca's brother was Gallio, Achaia proconsul who sided with Paul (Acts 18:12-17)
Paul Sails for Rome (Acts 27:1-5)
How was Paul to get to Rome for trial before Caesar?
Being shipped with other prisoners (Greek means other types), was Paul treated as a criminal?
Why didn't the ship sail directly across the sea to its destination at Myra?
Note: Mediterranean sailing was difficult after mid-September & impossible after mid-November
On a Huge Grain Ship (Acts 27:6-12)
What did Julius do in Myra to keep from being stuck by winter weather on a puddle-jumper ship?
Was this large ship able to make better headway?
What insight did Paul share with the others on the ship?
Why should Julius and the ship's crew listen to a land-based tent maker?
2 Corinthians 11:25
Did they take Paul's advice and decide to stay the winter in Fair Havens?
The Storm (Acts 27:13-26)
How well did this short journey up the coast go?
Did things improve the next day?
What did Paul think about all of this?
Shipwreck (Acts 27:27-44)
How much longer did the storm last?
How was the safety of the passengers threatened by this news?
How did this man who began the journey as a prisoner become the leader?
What happened at daylight?
Did everyone on board reach land safely as Paul promised?
Malta (Acts 28:1-10)
Where had they landed?
How did these unusually kind islanders learn that Paul was someone special?
How did this lead to further special treatment?
How did this further open the door to a new effective ministry for Paul?
Off to Rome (Acts 28:11-16)
How did they get to Rome after the seas were safe again in February?
Note: Puteoli was on Bay of Naples, near Herculaneum & Pompeii
H & P were buried under lava by eruption of Mt. Vesuvius around 20 years later
Did the Christians in Rome know that Paul was on his way?
Digging in Herculaneum found home with outline of a metal cross in wall over small altar
Was Paul treated as a common criminal in Rome?
A Missionary's Work is Never Done (Acts 28:17-29)
Finally in Rome, did Paul start working with the Roman Christians he had longed to see?
Were these Jews ready to kill Paul as the Jews in Jerusalem had been?
How interested were they in hearing what Paul had to say?
What happened as a result of this day-long seminar?
A Speedy Trial? (Acts 28:30-31)
How long did Paul have to wait to get his day in court before Nero?
How did God use this to further His purpose?
Did Paul recognize that God was using his situation to spread His Gospel further?
Questions Luke Didn't Answer:
Luke had shown the Gospel spread from Jer. to Judea to Samaria to the ends of the earth (1:8)
Why might it have taken two years for Paul to have his day in court?
Claudius had been poisoned 5 yrs earlier by his wife, Agrippina II (Caligula's sister)
As Paul arrived in Puteoli, Nero and his mother, Agrippina II, were vying for power
Nero sent her across the bay on a boat designed to sink, levers didn't work
She escaped by swimming, but was clubbed to death in bed by Nero's marines
Nero stayed out of Rome (in southern Italy) for 18 months after this
Was Paul convicted or acquitted?
Jewish accusers might not have bothered to testify against Paul in Rome
Ananias had been deposed, his successor might not have been interested
Paul likely met Nero in court and was acquitted on lack of grounds
Flimsy charges were okay in Caesarea, but were penalized in Rome
Then what happened to Paul after being released?
After release, Paul returned to the East via Crete, leaving Titus in Crete - Titus 1:5
Paul stopped in Ephesus and left Timothy while he went to Macedonia - 1 Timothy 1:3
Paul planned to visit Colossae and Philippi - Philemon 22, Philippians 2:24
Paul proceeded to Nicopolis in Epirus (Western Greece) - Titus 3:12
According to tradition, Paul next may have visited Spain as he planned - Romans 15:28
Paul circled back through Miletus, Troas and Corinth - 2 Timothy 4:13,20
Paul is imprisoned and tried again in Rome - 2 Timothy 1:17, 4:16-18
Paul expects death and later is executed under Nero - 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Tradition says Paul was decapitated by sword, buried by friends along the Ostian Way
Marble slab from time of Constantine (300 AD) covers Paul's presumed sepulcher
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