Victory Baptist Church, Bridgeville De. Russ Kessler, Pastor
God's protective hand in looking after His servant is clearly seen in this passage. The genuine believer can study this passage and rest assured of God's protective hand through all the trials of life, no matter how severe they may be.
1. Paul God's messenger was shipwrecked, but saved. v.1
2. Paul God's messenger was marooned and faced island natives, but he was accepted and helped. v.2 A. The natives were called "barbarians,"
B. They were, isolated on a somewhat insignificant and poor island.
3. Paul God's messenger was snakebitten, but healed v.3-5 Note two very significant points.
A. God took care of Paul through the trial, healing him instantaneously.
B. God used the trial to reach many for Christ.
4. Paul Faced superstition and heathenism—but given an opportunity for evangelism v.6-9 A. Note the belief of superstition and heathenism.
B. The instability of the human soul without Christ.
C. Note that the results of the miracle were directed by God.
5. Destitute and stranded—but had necessities met v.10-12
6. Apprehensive and lonely—but encouraged and strengthened v.13-15