Paul’s Ministry on Malta

Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. 2 And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. 3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” 5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

7 In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. 8 And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. 9 So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. 10 They also honored us in many ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were necessary. — Acts 28:1-10.

The island on which the ship is wrecked is Malta. The kind and friendly inhabitants welcome the shipwrecked party by kindling a fire for them. Then they think that Paul is an escaped murderer because a viper attaches itself to his hand. When he does not die, they then think he is a god.

The leading citizen of the island, Publius, receive them and entertain them courteously for three days. Publius’ father lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul prays and lays his lands on him and heals him. Others come and are healed through Paul. The inhabitants honour Paul in many ways with warm hospitality and provision of necessities upon their departure.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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