And the rest, some on boards, some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land (Acts 27:44).
Paul's final journey, from Caesarea to Rome [25:6], was marked by trials before three Roman provincial governors, Felix, Festus, and Agrippa, and was preceded by a failed attempt on his life in Jerusalem. The ocean leg of the journey was memorialized in this chapter by the account of a seasonal storm at sea, resulting in their shipwreck with all 276 people aboard the ship being washed ashore alive, even as God had assured Paul beforehand.
The now beloved hymn, Amazing Grace, was still many centuries from its writing; but the truth of its message could well have been Paul's theme. "Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come; 'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home" [NEWTON, 1779].
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