Landfall, Man’s Fall (Acts 28:1-6)

Only Tha Sun Kin Take It Away tha Veil of Dullness

Landfall, Man's Fall

The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god. Acts 28:6 (Acts 28:1-6)

Once Saul Paul and all made landfall and safely reached tha beach, they found out that tha islanders whar unusually kind ter ’em. Because it whar raining and cold, tha islanders built ah fire and welcomed tha crew. Saul Paul went about gathering ah pile of brushwood fer tha fire, but as he done so ah viper, driven out by tha heat, fastened itself on his hand.

Ah bite from such ah viper be normally more severe than from other venomous snakes in that part of tha world and very painful. It generally be thought that around 5% of all untreated bites leads ter an excruciating death. This particular serpent be responsible for 90% of all cases of snakebite in and around Rome and it be tha only deadly snake in tha mountains north of Rome.

Think on this a wee little bit:

Ah serpent be responsible fer deceiving Eve in tha Garden and causing Man ter fall (Genesis 3:4–5, 22). Because of tha serpent’s deception and Adam and Eve’s disobedience, sin entered tha world.

When Moses doubted that Skipper had called him ter be tha one ter lead Skip’s people out of slavery, he asked fer proof that Skip would be with him. Skip instructed Moses ter toss his rod onto tha ground. When he done so, it became ah serpent. Like any reasonable feller, Moses high-tailed it from that place, only Skipper encouraged Moses ter come back and grasp tha serpent by the tail. As ya well know, only ah fool picks up ah snake by its tail, but Moses obeyed and tha serpent went back ter being only a rod (Exodus 4:1–5). Later Moses cast down his rod, agin. It turned in ter ah serpent and attacked Pharaoh’s magician’s serpents and ate ’em whole.

In the Book of Numbers, while Moses and Skip’s people wandered about in tha wilderness, they spoke agin Skipper and agin Moses. Tha crowd said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” So Skip sent venomous snakes among them. Tha serpents bit folks and many died. Then tha crowd came ter Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” After Moses prayed, Skip instructed Moses ter mount a bronze snake on ah pole. If folks looked at that bronze snake they would be healed (Numbers 21:4–9).

Years later tha Sun said, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up (John 3:14). In tha wilderness tha serpent’s bite brought death. Looking ter tha bronze serpent brought healing. When tha Sun came, he brought judgement upon all folks, fer he made plain that he were tha Chosen One, tha Messiah, tha author of all things and tha one who redeems us from our wicked, sinful ways. Looking ter tha Sun on tha cross brings healing ter all folks fer thar sins.

Looking away from tha Sun on tha cross, pretending he ne’er came, not caring that he came, brings judgement upon yer head and leaves ya bound fer eternal torment.

When tha islanders seen tha snake hanging from Saul Paul’s hand, they said ter each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.”

Right then Saul Paul shook off tha viper, flinging it in ter tha fire. Folks expected his hand ter swell up or fer him ter suddenly fall out dead; but after waiting ah good long time and seeing nothing unusual happen ter him, they changed their minds and said he was a god — which he whar not, but he knowed tha true God, Skipper, and that always be better than being a little man god.

Odd how folks see ah feller get bit by ah snake and ‘spect him ter fall over dead. Then these same folks see ah feller sin and doth not expect him ter suffer any ill affects. Such dull thinking kin only come due tha veil of tha old covenant which some still cling ter: ah covenant based on good works and keeping Skip’s rules, and sacrificing animals, but not sacrificing our own wants and will. With most folks this veil remains, fer only tha Sun kin take it away. And yet whenever any feller or lass turns to tha Sun, tha veil be lifted and they see plain tha glory of tha Sun and his Father (2 Corinthians 3:14-16).

What says ya? Will ya turn ter tha Sun ter day and allow him ter lift tha veil from yer face. Will ya ask ter see him clear fer tha savior he is? Some where, some place, some one is praying ya will.

 

Tha Great Shipwreck (Acts 27:27-42)

276 Souls Whar Saved

276 Souls Whar Saved

In this way everyone reached land safely. Acts 27:42 (Acts 27:27-42)

On tha fourteenth night tha great storm still drove tha battered ship acrosss tha Adriatic Sea. Near ’bout midnight some sailors sensed they whar approaching land. Ter confirm thar hunch they took soundings and found that tha water was ah hundred and twenty feet deep ‘neath tha ship’s keel. Ah short time later they took soundings agin and discovered it whar only ninety feet deep.

Fearing they would be dashed against tha rocks, they dropped four anchors from tha stern and prayed fer daylight. Or maybe they prayed ’till daylight, fer praying fer tha sun ter come sooner than it be fixed by tha heavens be ah tall order.

Pretending they whar going ter lower some anchors from tha bow — though in secret they be attempting ter escape from tha ship —tha sailors let down tha lifeboat. Jest then Saul Paul warned tha centurion and other soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” Because of Saul Paul’s words tha soldiers cut away tha ropes that held tha lifeboat and let it drift away. Now all had no choice but ter stay with tha ship.

This be tha way of Skip, sometimes. In order fer us ter put all our trust in him, he ‘ill force us ter let go of ever source of hope ‘cept him. All our wealth, health, friends, anything we might rely on other than him, he ‘ill cut away. Saul Paul had warned that Skipper promised ter preserve all souls aboard even though tha ship and cargo would be lost. That should ‘ave been comfert enough fer ’em.

Only sometimes we also want jest one more thing ‘cept Skip and his Sun. When this urge arrises, ya kin be sure yer faith be weak fer tha task ahead. This be tha time ter pray, “Lord, I believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

Ah little bit be fer dawn Saul Paul urged all ter eat. “For the last fourteen days you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.”

After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks ter Skipper in front of ’em. Then he broke tha bread and began ter eat. Think on this a wee little bit: right in tha midst of a great storm and after many days of trials and torment, Saul Paul paused ter give thanks ter Skipper fer provision and tha protection they enjoyed. In life we might wish our circumstances whar different, only know this: if Skip and his Sun be standing watch with ya, then that be comfert enough fer tha moment.

Because of Saul Paul’s prayer and his calm appearance, all whar encouraged and ate some food. Altogether there were 276 souls aboard. When they finished eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened tha ship by throwing tha grain in ter tha sea. At last tha crew got tha message Saul Paul had spake about day after day: fellers and lasses doth not live by grain and bread alone but on ever word of Skipper.

In Loving John’s Revelation of tha Messiah he seen this:

There before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. (Revelation 19:11-13)

Our very life be in tha Sun, Skipper’s boy. He alone is our provision and his words be true fer ever and ever.

When tha sun come up, they seen ah bay with ah sandy beach. Taking ah last bit of courage they cut loose tha anchors, untied tha ropes holding tha rudders, and hoisted tha foresail. With tha wind at thar backs they made fer tha beach. Only fer they could reach tha bay, tha ship struck ah sandbar and ran aground. With its bow stuck fast and pounding waves breaking agin tha stern and ripping it ter pieces, it all appeared what lost. In order ter prevent tha prisoners from swimming away and escaping, soldiers drew swords ter kill ’em.

Only ah centurion wanted ter spare Saul Paul’s life so tha chap kept tha soldiers from carrying out thar devilish plan. Tha centurion ordered those who could swim ter jump overboard first and get ter land. Tha rest were ter grab ah plank or one of tha other pieces of tha ship and get ter shore as best they could. In this way all reached land safely. Thus, tha term “walk tha plank” came ter be known as tha way a feller or lass gets ter shore when all they got is two legs and a board. Later it whar perverted by some notorious pirates, but tha first use of “walk tha plank” whar meant fer good, not evil.

Think on this a wee little bit:

Skipper saved Noah and his family through ah great flood. Inside thar vessel they remained safe.

Skipper saved Jonah through ah great drowning. Inside tha belly of ah large fish he remained safe.

Skipper saved all them who sailed with Saul Paul. Though tha ship be lost, all souls whar saved.

Ter day ever person kin be saved through certain and eternal death by tha blood of tha Sun. Our water baptism be our way of showing that our old self be dead. When we come up out of tha water, that be our way of showing we now be alive in tha Sun.

If ya ne’er died ter yer old self and be born agin in ter tha fer ever living life of tha Sun, will ya make it yer task ter do so now? Some one, some place, at some time be praying ya will, of this ya kin be sure.

Tha Way We Deal With Disaster ‘ill Often Be Tha Only Testimony of Tha Sun Some ‘ill Ever See or Hear. (Acts 27:14-25)

Make It Yer Task Ter Be Found Faithful, Not Fearful

Make It Yer Task Ter Be Found Faithful, Not Fearful

Keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Acts 27:14-25 (Acts 27:25)

It whar not long after tha ship cleared tha coast that tha gentle south wind clocked around and ah Nor’easter began ter howl. Hurricane force winds swept down from the island. Caught in tha storm, tha ship could not head up and keep course. Overpowered by waves and wind, tha pilot and captain gave way and allowed tha vessel ter be driven along by violent gusts.

This often be tha result of discarding Skip’s Code of Conduct and wise council. When we think we ‘ave tacked in ter a gentle, more kind, more thoughtful and compassionate wind, such a breeze ‘ill often clock around, grow in strength, and threaten ter destroy both ship and crew.

As Saul Paul and crew passed ter tha lee of ah small island called Cauda, they whar hardly able ter make tha lifeboat secure. Fearing tha tiny boat might be lost, tha men hoisted it aboard.

With planks in tha hull bending and seams separating so much so that water flooded tha lower decks, tha crew passed ropes under tha ship so as ter hold it tergether.

Still tha vessel groaned and threatened ter break apart as waves bashed in ter her. Because they whar afraid they would run aground on tha sandbars of Syrtis, tha crew lowered tha sea anchor and let tha ship be driven along. Fer days tha crew took such ah violent battering from tha storm that they began ter throw cargo overboard.

On tha third day at sea, they threw tha ship’s tackle overboard with thar own hands. When neither sun nor stars appeared fer many days and tha storm continued raging, all gave up hope of being saved — all ‘cept one, that is.

Only Saul Paul trusted that Skipper would see ’em through tha blow.

“Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete,” he told them. “Then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, for last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me. He said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar. God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you. Not one of you will be lost,’ tha angel said. ‘Only the ship will be destroyed.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”

This be tha value of one faithful follower of Skip among a crew of unbelievers.

Back in tha days of tha Great Wickedness, when every inclination of tha thoughts of fellers and lasses whar evil all the time, Noah found favor in the eyes of Skipper and saved his family. Back in tha days of Abraham, when tha Great Outcry agin Sodom and Gomorrah reached heaven, Lot found jest enough righteousness and faith ter save his family. On and on we find in Skip’s Code of Conduct that when one feller or one lass finds tha courage and starch ter stick with Skip they kin bring others through disaster. Though great loss might come ter belongings, homes, nations, if we ‘ill side with Skip in all matters, he ‘ill oftentimes bring us and others ter safety.

Make it yer task ter be found faithful, not fearful, during times of distress. Tha way we deal with disaster ‘ill often be tha only testimony of tha Sun some ‘ill ever see or hear. May we be found ter ‘ave faith in Skip, belong ter Skip, and serve Skip at all times.