January 4 ~ Paul Sails For Rome

John Singer Sargent | 1856-1925 | painter, draftsman, sculptor, portraitist, muralist, watercolorist and guitarist | Boat with The Golden Sail, San Vigilio | 55.9 x 71.1 cms | 22 x 28 ins | Oil on canvas

•Paul Sails for Rome•
Background @ Acts 23:11 (Jesus’ promise that Paul would testify of Him in Roma)
@ Acts 25:23-27 and 26:1-32 (Paul speaks to Agrippa)
@ Acts 27:1
And Agrippa said to Festus, “He could have been set free if he hadn’t appealed to Caesar.” When the time came, we set sail for Italy, Paul and several other prisoners were placed in the custody of a Roman officer named Julius, a captain of the Imperial regiment.
Story @ Acts 27:1-12
Painting – Boat with The Golden Sail, San Vigilio | John Singer Sargent

•The Storm at Sea•
Background @ Acts 27:1-12 (Paul sails for Rome)
@ Acts 27:13-15
When a light wind began blowing from the south, the sailors thought they could make it. So they pulled up anchor and sailed close to the shore of Crete. But the weather changed abruptly, and a wind of typhoon strength (called a “northeaster”) burst across the island and blew us out to sea. The sailors couldn’t turn the ship into the wind, so they gave up and let it run before the gale.
Story @ Acts 27:13-26

•The Shipwreck•
Background @ Acts 27:1-12 (Paul sails for Rome)
@ Acts 27:13-26 (the storm at sea)
@ Acts 27:27
About midnight on the fourteenth night of the storm, as we were being driven across the sea of Adria, the sailors sensed land was near.
Story @ Acts 27:27-44

John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 painter, draftsman, sculptor, portraitist, muralist, watercolorist and guitarist Robert Louis Stevenson 50.8 x 61.6 cms | 20 x 24 1/4 ins Oil on canvas The Taft Museum Cincinnati | United States

•Paul on the Island of Malta•
Background @ Acts 27:1-12 (Paul sails for Rome)
@ Acts 27:13-26 (the storm at sea)
@ Acts 27:27-44 (the shipwreck)
@ Acts 28:1-2
Once we were safe on shore, we learned that we were on the island of Malta. The people of the islands were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us.
Story @ Acts 28:1-10
Painting – Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island as Publius, chief of Malta Island | John Singer Sargent

•Paul Arrives at Rome•
Background @ Acts 28:1-10 (Paul on the island of Malta)
@ Acts 28:11
When the time came to sail, people supplied us with everything we would need for the trip. It was three months after the shipwreck that we set sail on another ship that had wintered at the island – an Alexandrian ship with the twin gods as its figurehead.
Story @ Acts 28:11-16

John Singer Sargent | 1856-1925 | painter, draftsman, sculptor, portraitist, muralist, watercolorist and guitarist Church of St. Stae, Venice | Oil on canvas

•Paul Preaches at Rome Under Guard•
Background @ Acts 27:1-12 (Paul sails for Rome)
@ Acts 27:13-26 (the storm at sea)
@ Acts 27:27-44 (the shipwreck)
@ Acts 28:11-16 (Paul on the island of Malta)
@ Acts 28:17a
Three days after Paul’s arrival, he called together the local Jewish leaders…For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense. He welcomed all who visited him, boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.
Story @ Acts 28:17-31
Painting – Church of St. Stae, Venice  | John Singer Sargent
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