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    Acts 28 New International Version (NIV)

    Paul Ashore on Malta

    28 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 2The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. 3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.

    7 There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. 8 His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. 10 They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.

    Now if we look in Acts 27 we see this - 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board.

    That is a lot of people for Publius to welcome into his home. Especially since many were criminals. Think of how much food it took to feed 276 people for three days.

    But God rewarded Publius and the people of Malta by healing all of their sick.

    Also notice that Paul did NOT decide to pray for the healing of the father of Publius until he asked The Lord about it. AFTER the Lord told Paul to pray for his healing he did so.

    What are your thoughts or comments about this ?

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    People want to see miracles. But miracles are unusual events. Most seem to be unwilling to act in an unusual way for miracles to take place. These miracle healings took place because these people gave very unusual hospitality to the 276 shipwreck victims that showed up on their shores.