The last chapters of Acts!!
Extra credit: Here is a cool video I stumbled upon.
This post is just for entertainment and visual support. Just a fun one to look at.
I like this map too.
I hope these visuals help with the read. If you read it slow you will pick up on some small details like “we”, meaning Luke traveled with him, or that Paul knew more about sailing than the sailors. Just some fun details.
29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. 31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away.
Why did Paul say this? Because an angel of the Lord had told him ❤️
4 anchors were found off the coast of Malta at the exact depth Paul’s ship dropped theirs. Is it from Paul’s ship? IDK, but they are dated from the 1st century.
This is an Alexandria Ship
11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.
- Now if you are a John Travolta fan, you may have thought of the movie Face-Off. (Soooo good!!)
- If you are a reader you may have recognized them from The Lightening Thief or The Mocking Jay
- If you are a Gemini like me you might have recognized the names. And no I do not read horoscopes (I did as a teen). They are the Gemini constellation.
- Why would a Greek boat have Castor and Pollux figureheads?
- Castor was the mortal son of King Tyndareus, while Pollux was the immortal son of Zeus. Both Castor and Pollux, being identical twins, were inseparable in their looks and actions. Castor was a great horseman and Pollux was a great fighter. Together, they went with Jason on the Argo and saved the ship from a terrible storm. When Castor was killed in battle, Pollux pleaded with Zeus to bring him back. Zeus agreed to immortalize both Castor and Pollux if they spend half of their time on the Earth and the other half amongst the stars in the heavens. Since then, when sailors saw these two stars together, they knew their journey would be prosperous. However, seeing only one star foretold bad luck.
Acts ends with…
30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!