Acts 28:1–6 (ESV)
Paul on Malta
we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. 2 The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. 3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks
and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. 4 When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea,
Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him,
they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
After the shipwreck and everyone made it to the shore safely, the people of Malta built a fire to help warm them from the cold rain. Remember the
storm is still going on. Paul doesn’t sick back, but is busy being a servant and helping everybody. The only problem is that there is a viper in the bundle of wood that he gathered and the snake bites him on the hand. Now the Bible
doesn’t say Paul freaked out, but he shook it off into the fire. Now the people of Malta expected him to swell up and die. The know he is a prisoner and feel that justice is being served by the snake. Why didn’t Paul freak out?
Because the angel told him that he would appear in Rome and Paul is NOT in Rome. Paul’s faith and trust in God’s Word allows him to know this will not kill him. The people waited for Paul to die, but he didn’t. The people
changed their minds and said he was a god. They almost had it! Paul is a man of God, but he is not God. You will see God working through Paul more tomorrow.
I pray: O Lord, I know I
keep asking for the faith and boldness of Paul. Paul inspires me and shows me how to be bold. Help me to trust and walk as Paul did. I repent of the times I fail to take advantage of situations and I repent of all my sins. I turn to
you and trust in your Son’s life, death, and resurrection and know that my sins are forgiven. I give thanks for all that you have done for me and the world. Amen.