Acts 27:1-28:16 describes Paul’s voyage to Rome to stand trial before Caesar. It was late in the year, when sailing on the Mediterranean was dangerous. At one point they had to decide whether to continue to Rome or spend the winter where they were and finish their voyage the following spring.
Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.”
They rejected Paul’s advice and continued their journey.
But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
A storm rose and the crew of the ship gave up all hope of survival. Read the rest of this entry