The Snare of the South Wind
l. The Setting of Acts 27
-This is literally Paul's last journey. He has spent much of his life in the last 12 years on three missionary journeys (46-58 A.D.). Paul is not alone in this final passage. He has Luke and Aristarchus of Thessalonica with him (Acts 19:29; 20:4).
-Paul is now going to make a final appeal in Rome with the intent of appealing his cause before the Caesar. Paul is the most important of all the prisoners who are on board. This weather-beaten missionary of the Cross will have to endure one more final storm on the high-seas before he is to stand before Caesar.
- Most historians are in agreement that this ship probably originated in Alexandria, Egypt and was loaded with corn in route to Rome.
-Luke gives us an idea of the time of the year that it is with the phrase “because the fast was now already past” (Acts 27:9). This is a reference to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The time of their sailing would be around October 1. The most dangerous time to sail this particular part of the high seas was from mid-September until mid-November.