Frescoes of Paul’s Ministry, Part 30: Paul Cures the Father of Publius

Paul Cures the Father of Publius, Nicola Consoni Acts 28:7 - 10

Paul Cures the Father of Publius, Nicola Consoni Acts 28:7 – 10

Acts 28:7 – 10

There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island.  He welcomed us to his home and for three days entertained us hospitably.  His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery.  Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.  When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came were cured.  They honored us in many ways and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with supplies we needed.

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After the last fresco, in which Paul is judged to be a criminal or a god because he is bitten by a viper, but then does not suffer, we see Paul healing an elderly man, by proxy all who are ill on the island.  This time writer does not report that the people of Malta explained the event with one idea or another (would this not be a sign that Paul was a god, if that were their belief?).  Their response is to provide Paul and the other with supplies to continue their voyage.  Each offers to the other what he or she has: Paul, healing; the Maltans provisions.

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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