Braving the storm, swimming to shore, overwintering on an island: quite a way to bring a fantastic career to an end!
An unexpected snake bite opened many doors for Paul on Malta; that, plus the fact that Paul healed the father of the Island's leading man, Publius. Well supplied in Spring, Paul and company sailed for Italy, landed at Puteoli, then started the long walk to Rome.
When they heard that Paul was coming, brothers from distant villages came to meet him and escort him. And so, they brought Paul to Rome.
At Rome, Paul had the discussion with Jewish leaders he probably always wanted to have. It was cureous, incisive and protracted. Reasoning from morning until evening, Paul massaged meaning out of Moses and the Prophets, clearly proving the Jesus was Messiah. As some accepted this conclusion and as others were refusing it, Paul uttered Israel's final warning cry: "This hope has now been offered to the gentiles"; fulfilling prophetic expectations. (All that remained was a cutting of ties to physical Israel.)
Join us for the closing episode of Paul's powerful life's work,