As day was about to dawn, Paul implored them all to take food, saying, Today is the fourteenth day you have waited and continued without food, and eaten nothing. Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you. And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all: and when he had broken it he began to eat. Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves. And in all we were two hundred and seventy-six persons on the ship. So when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship and threw out the wheat into the sea.
Paul, the great gospel preacher for the nations of the world was no fanatic out of touch with reality. This he proved when he prevented the sailors from escaping. This was again evident when he ordered the sailors and passengers to eat some food before the exertions of the dawning day. Indeed, God’s promises come to pass! Paul trusted them fully. But that did not excuse all on board from dutifully doing all that was necessary to sustain their life.
Paul’s prediction that they would finish up on an island proved true. With his presence of mind he stopped the sailors from escaping, thereby gaining much moral authority. Now the crew and passengers witness how the apostle takes bread, thanks God, the Creator and Sustainer of life, aloud and starts eating. What calm radiated from that man, who wholly trusted God! Then the others followed his example and also took some food.
(to be continued on 11th June)