‘And so we came to Rome.’ Acts 28

10 Jul

Paul’s desire; his call; his end place is not Taurus or Damascus; Ephesus or Philippi; Jerusalem or Malta. His called and chosen destiny is Rome. Rome.

Paul’s Arrival at Rome

11 ‘After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days. 13 From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli. 14 There we found some brothers and sisters who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome. 15 The brothers and sisters there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged. 16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.‘

Paul was at home in Rome. On the Alexandrian ship he with ( at the least ) his brother Luke;  in Puteoli he sets his tent with brothers and sisters for a week; more family travel to the Three Taverns to touch, hear, love Paul.

And in Rome he has his own house and here can host even more of his newly forged Roman family with his testimony. 

Now, his letter, his epistle to the church in Rome takes on flesh and blood. 

Rome, Paul’s home, is now his life.

Rome, is life. And will be the place, the home of his human end, his death. 

His choice. Rome, …

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