by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 27 (43 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

1 And when it was determined that we should sail into
Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners
unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.

Julius, who is a primary character in this account,
belonged to the Imperial Regiment, an honorary title
given to certain troops. The word "Imperial", means,
"revered". A "centurion" commanded 100 soldiers.

2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we
launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one
Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with

Use of the pronoun we indicates Luke accompanied Paul
on this journey. Adramyttium, the home base of the
ship, was east-southeast of Troas in northwest Asia
Minor. Evidently the ship was making its last journey
to its base before the stormy winter sailing season
set in. Apparently the centurion wanted to find a ship
bound for Rome along the way or to get to the Egnatian
Road and use it to transport the prisoners.

3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius
courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go
unto his friends to refresh himself.

Aristarchus evidently accompanied Paul to be his
helper. Aristarchus stayed with Paul during his Roman
incarceration (Colossians 4:10; Philemon 24). Notice
God's grace towards Paul once again. Julius treated
Paul with kindness and allowed him to enjoy the
company of his friends. That's what it means, "to
refresh oneself".

That's what friends should do and it's sad that
oftentimes Christians are not friends. The
"Christian" relationship is almost performed with the
attitude of a business association. It's like we are
doing business rather than trying to refresh one
another, yet we sit and wonder why the church has
little or no power. How can we be Christians and not
refresh one another? It is nonsense and sin.

4 And when we had launched from thenc ...

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