Do You Believe God’s Word, and Trust His Will is Best? (Acts 26; Acts 27)

Heart of a Shepherd

Jan 29, 2023



Você acredita na Palavra de Deus e confia que a vontade dele é a melhor? (Atos 26; Atos 27)


Tror du på Guds ord och litar på att hans vilja är bäst? (Apostlagärningarna 26; Apg 27)


Верите ли вы Божьему Слову и верите, что Его Воля лучше? (Деяния 26; Деяния 27)


คุณเชื่อพระวจนะของพระเจ้าหรือไม่ และเชื่อในพระประสงค์ของพระองค์ดีที่สุด? (กิจการ 26; กิจการ 27)


Gelooft u Gods woord en vertrouwt u erop dat zijn wil de beste is? (Handelingen 26; Handelingen 27)


Croyez-vous la Parole de Dieu et croyez-vous que sa volonté est la meilleure ? (Actes 26 ; Actes 27)


Crezi în Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu și crezi că voința Lui este cea mai bună? (Fapte 26; Fapte 27)


Bạn có tin Lời Đức Chúa Trời và tin rằng ý muốn của Ngài là tốt nhất không? (Công vụ 26; Công vụ 27)


Vjerujete li Božjoj riječi i vjerujete li da je njegova volja najbolja? (Djela 26; Djela 27)


Glaubst du Gottes Wort und vertraust du darauf, dass Sein Wille der Beste ist? (Apg. 26; Apg. 27)


هل تصدق كلمة الله وتثق في أن مشيئته هي الأفضل؟ (أعمال 26 ؛ أعمال 27)

Haitian Creole

Èske w kwè nan Pawòl Bondye a, epi w gen konfyans nan volonte l ki pi bon? (Travay 26; Travay 27)


Credi nella parola di Dio e confidi che la sua volontà è la cosa migliore? (Atti 26; Atti 27)


Tror du på Guds ord og stoler på, at hans vilje er bedst? (Apostelgerninger 26; Apostelgerninger 27)

Chinese (Simplified)

你相信上帝的话,相信他的旨意是最好的吗? (使徒行传 26;使徒行传 27)

Chinese (Traditional)

你相信上帝的話,相信他的旨意是最好的嗎? (使徒行傳 26;使徒行傳 27)

French (Canada)

Croyez-vous la Parole de Dieu et croyez-vous que sa volonté est la meilleure ? (Actes 26 ; Actes 27)


Πιστεύετε στον Λόγο του Θεού και Εμπιστεύεστε ότι το Θέλημά Του είναι το Καλύτερο; (Πράξεις 26· Πράξεις 27)


क्या आप परमेश्वर के वचन पर विश्वास करते हैं, और भरोसा करते हैं कि उसकी इच्छा सर्वोत्तम है? (अधिनियम 26; अधिनियम 27)


Naniniwala Ka ba sa Salita ng Diyos, at Nagtitiwala sa Kanyang Kalooban ang Pinakamabuti? (Gawa 26; Gawa 27)


Чи ви вірите Божому Слову та вірите, що Його воля найкраща? (Дії 26; Дії 27)


האם אתה מאמין בדבר אלוהים, ובטוח שרצונו הוא הטוב ביותר? (מעשי השליחים 26; מעשי השליחים 27)


کیا آپ خُدا کے کلام پر یقین رکھتے ہیں، اور اُس کی مرضی پر بھروسہ کرتے ہیں؟ (اعمال 26؛ اعمال 27)


あなたは神の言葉を信じ、神の意志が最善であると信じていますか? (使徒 26; 使徒 27)


¿Crees en la Palabra de Dios y confías en que su voluntad es lo mejor? (Hechos 26; Hechos 27)


آیا به کلام خدا اعتقاد دارید و به اراده او اعتماد دارید؟ (اعمال رسولان 26؛ اعمال 27)


당신은 하나님의 말씀을 믿고 그분의 뜻이 최선임을 믿습니까? (행 26장, 27장)


Je, Unaamini Neno la Mungu, na Kuamini Mapenzi Yake Ndiyo Bora Zaidi? (Matendo 26; Matendo 27)


Adakah Anda Percaya Firman Tuhan, dan Percaya Kehendak-Nya adalah yang Terbaik? (Kisah 26; Kisah 27)

Do You Believe God’s Word, and Trust His Will is Best? (Acts 26; Acts 27)

Scripture reading - Acts 26; Acts 2

Background and Introduction (24:27-25:27)

Paul was confined to prison in Caesarea for two years. Though he was not convicted of any wrongdoing, Felix the Roman governor of Judaea, imprisoned him because he saw it pleased the Jews (Acts 24:27). When Festus, the diplomat soldier who replaced Felix as governor, was come to Jerusalem (Acts 24:27; Acts 25:1), he entertained accusations brought against Paul by the “high priest and the chief of the Jews” (Acts 25:1-2). Unwilling to transport Paul to Jerusalem to be tried, Festus invited the apostle’s enemies to Caesarea where they could state their charges against the apostle (Acts 25:3-5).  

After he successfully defended his innocence, Paul’s appeal to be judged by Caesar moved his case from Judaea to Rome. (Acts 25:6-12). Soon after, king Agrippa’s visit to Caesarea gave opportunity for another authority to hear Paul’s case (Acts 25:13-21). Therefore, Festus appealed to Agrippa to question Paul and assist him in determining the charges for which he should be sent to Caesar for trial (Acts 25:22). After hearing Paul speak, Agrippa was confident he had committed no crime, and would have been set free had he not appealed to be heard by Caesar (Acts 25:23-27).

Acts 26

Agrippa gave Paul liberty to freely share his testimony, including his former life as a Pharisee and persecutor of the followers of Christ (Acts 26:1-11). Then, Paul declared his salvation, faith in Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and his calling to be an apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 26:1-18). He defended himself against the charges brought by the Jews, and proclaimed he was held in prison for no crime other than preaching the Gospel: “That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles” (Acts 26:23).


Hearing Paul speak, Festus suddenly interrupted the apostle’s oration, and asserted, “Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad” (Acts 26:24). Paul answered, “I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness” (Acts 26:24). The apostle then appealed to Agrippa, who was himself a Jew, and asked, “King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest” (Acts 26:27). Agrippa answered, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28).

What a tragic confession, but how many sinners have been almost persuaded? Some suggest Agrippa’s response was meant to mock the apostle. I believe the king acknowledged the words Paul spoke were true (Acts 26:28). Paul then lifted up his voice in a passionate appeal, and confessed his passion that all who heard his voice would have faith (Acts 26:29). Chapter 26 concluded with Agrippa agreeing with Festus’ judgment: Paul was innocent, and had he not appealed to Caesar, he “might have been set at liberty” (Acts 26:32).

Acts 27

Paul’s Journey to Rome (Acts 27:1-8)


Arrangements having been made for Paul to sail to Rome along with other prisoners, he was assigned a military escort with “one named Julius, a centurion of [Caesar] Augusts’ band [regiment]” (Acts 27:1). The ship stopped at several ports in its journey, including Sidon where Luke noted the centurion’s favor in allowing Paul to fellowship with other believers (Acts 27:3). Departing from Sidon, the centurion transferred Paul and the other prisoners to a “ship of Alexandria [i.e., Egypt]“ that was sailing to Italy (Acts 27:4-6). 


Paul Warned of Danger (Acts 27:9-20)


The sailing was slow (Acts 27:9), and knowing storms would soon make sailing dangerous, “Paul admonished” the captain of the ship and the centurion guard to seek safe harbor (Acts 27:9-10). Dismissing Paul’s concerns, the ship set sail until the vessel was caught in a great storm, and in Luke’s words, “all hope that we should be saved was then taken away” (Acts 27:11-20).


Paul’s Courage (Acts 27:21-44)


God revealed to Paul the ship would be lost, but all aboard would be saved (Acts 27:21-24). Blown several hundred miles off course and hearing the roar of waves upon the shore, some shipmen arranged to abandon ship, and prepared to cast off in a small skiff (Acts 27:30).  Heeding Paul’s warning that any who abandoned ship would be lost, the soldiers cut away the ropes of the small boat (Acts 27:32). Miraculously, all 276 men on the ship were saved (Acts 27:33-44).


Closing thoughts – Ever wonder why God allows His people and choice servants to go through difficult trials? Believers are not spared sickness, disappointments, accidents, sorrows, or losses. Nevertheless, we may not rightly see God’s purpose; however, we are surely no different than Paul. He was falsely accused, arrested, and tried; however, he turned the occasions into opportunities to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Festus (Acts 25) and then Agrippa (Acts 26). When he was a prisoner on a ship sailing for Rome, Paul turned the occasion of the storm and shipwreck into an opportunity to share God’s revelation that all lives would be saved. The Lord revealed he “must be brought before Caesar” (Acts 27:24), and Paul confessed, “I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me” (Acts 27:25).

Do you believe God’s Word, and trust His will is best? (Romans 8:28-29)


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