Fer Two Years While in Rome Saul Paul Spake Boldly and Without Hinderance (Acts 28:17-31)

Tha Final Act of Tha Holy Spirit of Truth Be Tha Same as Tha First Act

Fer Two Years While in Rome Saul Paul Spake Boldly and Without Hinderance

Paul proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance! Acts 28:31 (Acts 28:17-31)

Three days after he reached Rome, Saul Paul called ter gether tha leaders of tha Jews. When all had assembled at his rented house, he began ter try ter convince ’em ’bout tha Sun. Starting with tha Law of Moses and working his way through tha Prophets, he explained and declared tha kingdom of Skipper.

Like be fer, like in other places, some fellers whar convinced. Others refused ter believe. At last Saul Paul made this final statement:

“The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet that you will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!”

Indeed some Gentiles did believe and some Gentiles continue ter believe.

Fer two whole years Saul Paul remained ah prisoner in his rented house while awaiting trial fer trumped up charges that be false. Even though tha Jews in Rome ne’er received letters from Judea concerning Saul Paul, nor did anyone come from Judea or Jerusalem ter report or say anything bad about him, ah good many folks continued ter speak ill agin tha Way.

This always be tha way when it comes ter tha Way. Folks with tha veil of tha devil over thar eyes kin ne’er see tha truth of tha Sun and his holiness. Only when tha veil be lifted kin we see tha Sun fer who he be: Skip’s very own boy, tha fullness of Skipper in tha flesh.

Fer two years while in Rome Saul Paul spake boldly and without hinderance. He preached tha kingdom of Skipper and taught about tha Sun. He wrote letters ter tha churches, warning ’em ter ‘ave nothing ter do with blatant sexual immorality, divisive folks, and perverting Skipper’s good spiel. This be tha starch of Saul Paul, a feller who started off by persecuting tha Sun, came about, and became one of his most devote followers.

Tha final command of tha Holy Spirit of Truth be tha same as tha first command: go forth and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

Make it yer task ter teach Skip’s truth, preach Skip’s truth, live Skip’s truth.

Do this and some ‘ill listen and turn ter tha Sun and be saved, ya may lay ter that.

Sailing from Malta to Rome (Acts 28:11-16)

Three Months, Three Days, Three Taverns

Paul thanked God and was encouraged.  Acts 28:15

Paul thanked God and was encouraged.  Acts 28:15 (Acts 28:11-16)

After three months on tha island of Malta, Saul Paul and tha crew put out ter sea on ah ship from Alexandria. On tha bow of this vessel be tha figure-heads of tha twin gods Castor and Pollux. Think on this a wee little bit: Castor and Pollux whar believed ter be both both mortal and divine. Tha Sun of Skipper be both mortal, ah man, and divine, tha Sun of Skipper. So right off tha counterfeit of tha Messiah, tha antichrist, be tha very gods leading tha crew.

Now ya might think that after losing thar ship, cargo, and near ’bout thar lives, tha crew would ‘ave learned thar lesson and denounced such false gods. But when ya follow tha dark hearts of tha Devil and tha false security found in his lies, gaining a bit of discernment be ah rare thing. Folks do tha same ter day. When they get in ter a fix, they call on Skip ter bail ’em out. Once he does and things be square and ship shape, they go right back ter thar wicked way of thinking. 

With tha tiny god-sons of Zeus as thar guardians, and Saul Paul praying, tha crew sailed first ter Syracuse. Thar they remained three days. From thar they sailed ter Rhegium, then on ter Puteoli whar some brothers met Saul Paul and his mates. At tha sight of friendly faces, Saul Paul made it his task ter spend ah week with ’em.

When some brothers from Rome learned that Saul Paul be near, they trekked down tha coast ter tha Forum of Appius and Three Taverns ter meet up. At tha sight of these brothers from Rome, and knowing his long voyage be near ’bout complete, Saul Paul thanked God and whar encouraged and fer good reason.

Fer ah good long while Saul Paul wanted ter reach Rome. At every stop he had preached ter all who would listen how Skipper sent his Sun ter save all folks. Ah good many refused ter head this good spiel, but them who did received back thar life. They gained entrance in ter tha Kingdom of Skipper. In all ways at all times Saul Paul ne’er wavered from his goal of making his case that tah Sun be tha Messiah. Now, at last, Saul Paul be in tha very city whar tha most powerful man on earth lived. If Skip allowed, Saul Paul would present tha good spiel ter Caesar.

When he reached Rome, Saul Paul whar allowed ter live by himself with only a soldier ter guard him. Safe at last, he rested. He wrote letters of encouragement ter tha churches he helped form. He wrote words of admonishment ter tha churches. He wrote ter tha leaders of tha churches with instructions fer how ter shepherd tha flock. He also prepared ter make his case ter Caesar that tha Sun, who being in his very nature Skipper himself, died on a Roman cross so that Caesar could be saved from his sins.

Ah long time ago a feller by tha name of Jabez prayed: “Oh, Lord, bless me indeed. Enlarge my territory. May your hand be with me. May you keep me from evil. May I not cause pain.” And Skipper granted Jabez his request. 

May this be our prayer as well, that Skipper would bless us indeed. That he would enlarge our territory fer him. That his hand would be upon us. That his Holy Ghost of Truth would keep us from evil. That our words and deeds might not cause pain ter others. This was Saul Paul’s goal from tha get go. Though his voyage ter Rome be one filled with perils and persecution, he reached his destination. 

Make it yer task to stick ter tha course Skip plots fer ya. By doing so, ya may jest find them ya love most be saved cause of yer persistence. 

 

Tha Rest of tha Sick on tha Island Came and Whar Cured (Acts 28:7-10)

When Disaster Seemed Likely, Expect Deliverance

Tha Rest of tha Sick on tha Island Came and Whar Cured

When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. Acts 28:9  (Acts 28:7-10)

On tha island whar tha crew regrouped from thar disastrous voyage, thar whar an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, tha chief official of tha island.

He welcomed Saul Paul, Luke, and some others in ter his home and showed ’em generous hospitality fer three days. As ya well know, fish and visitors stink after three days, so when ya get an invite ter rest in ah feller’s home, make it yer task ter be on yer way by tha forth day.

Now it may be that hospitality whar not tha only reason Publius wanted Saul Paul ter visit. Seems Publius’ pop lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and a bad case of tha trots. Paul went in ter check and after praying over tha sickly feller, laid on hands. At that moment, through his mighty power, tha Sun healed Pop Publius.

When this happened, tha rest of tha sick on tha island came and whar cured.

We doth not know how this healing took place. Whar all cured at tha same time Pop Publius whar healed? Did Saul Paul lay on hands and pray over each one? Did he simply spake a word and all whar healed?

All we know is this: when it came time ter sail, Publius and others on tha island furnished ’em with all tha supplies they needed. Such be tha gratitude the islanders felt fer Skip’s presence and power.

When ya consider tha danger tha crew faced when tha ship left Fair Havens . . . when ya consider tha 276 souls in peril of going down ter Davy Jones . . . when ya consider tha number of folks on that island who whar healed . . . and when ya consider Saul Paul’s faith in Skip and his Sun, we kin conclude that in all ways and at all times Skipper whar at tha helm of that vessel. Though disaster seemed likely, deliverance came due ter Saul Paul’s faith in Skipper’s providential protection and mercy

When facing impossible odds and in desperate need fer an improbable outcome, place tha voyage in tha hands of Skipper. Let him guide ya. Listen ter his voice. Follow his nudging. Obey his commands. Might very well be that 276 and more ‘ill be saved and healed —and possibly ah great many more saved through tha Sun’s glorious death and resurrection.