When I was doing historical research for my novel on the Ancient Roman Empire and the first century Christian church, I learned a lot about sea travel in the Mediterranean in that era. The Romans considered the Mediterranean, their lake. They conquered and ruled over the lands all around it. They dominated the sea-trade routes. They also respected the seasons and weather patterns of the Mediterranean. The time for sea travel was the spring, summer and early fall. Once October and November came, sea travel was too treacherous due to storms and high winds.
Also, there weren’t passenger ships, per se. Cargo ships often took on passengers for the extra money. Though some had nicer accommodations for nobility, most passengers, rode along with the cargo. One of the main types of cargo was wheat from Egypt which shipped out of the port of Alexandria to Rome regularly.
It was their custom to travel close to the shore, hopping from one port to another especially if they were sailing in the fall or winter. That’s what makes our seafaring story of Paul’s trip to Rome as a prisoner, so interesting. Notice that Luke went along for the ride. This is an eyewitness story. Check out the map over on my blog where there are links to dig deeper as well as a special music video…
Jesus said, “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” ~ Revelation 3:22 NLT – this is repeated 14 times in scripture. Kind of gives the idea that God wants us to pay attention.
If you want to reap all the benefits of salvation including the 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven then…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
Pray this prayer humbly and wholeheartedly…
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Please forgive me. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and my life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. I surrender my whole life to you and I will follow you for the rest of my life. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Jesus is coming back soon! Are you ready?
Soli Deo Gloria — To God Alone Be the Glory!
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