How 216 People Survived When all Hope was Gone 09/11/2017

An Amazing Storm Survival Story
1. Why they were in a storm
Paul was the Godliest Christian that ever lived, but on a ship for Rome he met a horrible storm. “But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon… And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship. (Acts 27:14, 18)
Our world is under a curse from the day Adam and Eve obeyed the Devil instead of obeying God. “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;.” (Genesis 3:17)
All hope vanished. “20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” (Acts 27:20)

2. They had distasteful orders for protection
Only hope seem to be to abandon the boat, Paul gave some orders for their protection which seemed ridiculous. “Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off. And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.” (Acts 27:31-34) (Acts 27:31-34)
God provided the orders on how to survive and the crew obeyed those orders.

3. The miraculous survival
“Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls. And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea. And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship... And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land. (Acts 27:36-44)

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