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G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible
Acts 27



Verses 1-44

The study of Paul's last voyage reveals some apparently contradictory facts, and yet common in the experience of the saints. On the one hand, difficulties and dangers multiplied. On the other, the divine purpose was being carried out. It would seem as though all forces were combined in an effort to prevent his coming to Rome. On the other hand, we see how all 'the way he was conducted, cared for, comforted. From first to last no note of complaint was uttered by this servant of the Master.

We have a graphic description of the storm, in the course of which strictly nautical expressions are used which are arresting. So fierce it was that Luke writes, "All hope that we should be saved was now taken away." It was at this juncture that Paul addressed the people, and his message is a splendid evidence of his confidence in his Master. His, "Be of good cheer," was a word of faith, but it was also the language of reason, for had he not heard his Lord assuring him that he must come to Rome.

Under the stress of the occasion, the human management came at last completely into the hands of Paul, and he took wise precautions to prevent the sailors from leaving the ship. At last all were saved. In this story we surely have a valuable picture of the divine method: God overruling, while man trusts Him and acts. A firm confidence produces a strong courage, and true faith manifests itself in reasonable action.


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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Acts 27:4". "G. Campbell Morgan Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.

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