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Melita to Rome
(Acts 28: 1 - 22).
A1 | 1-10. BARBARIANS AT MELITA. |
a | 1, 2. Arrival. No little kindness.
b | 3-6. Evidential miracle. The viper.
c | 7. Courteous reception by Publius.
b | 8, 9. Compassionate miracle. Dysentery, etc.
a | 10. Departure. Honours.
A2 | 11-17. BRETHRENS ON THE ROUTE TO ROME. |
d | 11-13. After three months. Departure.
e | 14. Brethren found at Puteoli.
e | 15. Brethren met at Appii forum.
d | 16, 17. After three days. Arrival.
A3 | 17-22. JEWS AT ROME. |
f | 17. Chief of Jews called. Sunkaleo.
g | 17. Laws and customs of people and fathers.
h | 18. Romans found no cause of death.
i | 19. Paul spoken against. (Antilego).
f | 20. Cause shown why Jews called. (parakaleo).
g | 20. Hope of Israel.
h | 21. Jews showed no harm.
i | 22. This sect spoken against. (Antilego).
From Jerusalem to Rome (22: 1 - 28: 22).
Paul's relation with Israel
during the whole period of the Acts attested (28: 17 - 22).
pp. 208 - 212
It will be remembered that when writing the epistle to the Romans, the Apostle
expressed his great longing to meet them (Rom. 1: 10-12), telling them that when he did
come he would come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ (Rom. 15: 29).
It is of great importance therefore to notice, that when at last the opportunity is presented,
those whom the Apostle first actually saw, by his own request, were the "chief of the
Jews" (Acts 28: 17). The Apostle's primary object in so doing is on the surface. He
knew by bitter experience what an influence the Jew, in his fanatical obstinacy and
religious pride, had even over temperate and just Roman rulers, and the character of the
Emperor before whose tribunal he was to appear to weight the scales of justice. The
Apostle did not cover this very human purpose under a cloak of false piety, but manfully
told these Jewish leaders his object:--
"Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs
of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans,
who when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of