Tuesday, November 13, 2012Author: Charles Robinson
(Last modified: 2012-11-13 17:00:49)
Source: The Herald-News
Others also, which had diseases on the island, came and were healed (Acts 28:9).
Following Paul's miraculous deliverance from the angry sea, he spent three months on what proved to be the modern island of Malta. His winter sojourn there was marked by unexpected welcome and hospitality from the inhabitants. Most of his previous ministry had been met with vigorous opposition from the Jewish establishment. Here, however, he and his companions were "showed no little kindness" (28::2), "lodged courteously" (7), and "loaded" with gifts (10).
We do not read of any evangelistic efforts, though it is unlikely that Paul would spend three months under any circumstances and not present the gospel. The Lord was at work notwithstanding. Much healing from diseases occurred. Not only was the father of Paul's host healed as Paul prayed, but "others also . . . came and were healed" . Wherever the gospel goes, and God's servants treated with welcome and respect, blessings come down from God. Though we may marvel that mention is not made of anyone's becoming saved during this period, the physical condition of the islanders was noticeably improved. This in itself was an urging to them to call on the Lord for spiritual healing as well. They were not clued to the fact that "the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance" (Romans 2:4). They were without excuse! (Romans 1:20).
Do not let this happen to you! Take God's many blessings in your own life as a summons from Him to "seek the Lord while he may be found, and call upon him while he is near. Return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon you; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:6, 7).
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