Who is up front
Acts 28:11 “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.”
Castor and Pollux were twin gods believed to help shipwrecked sailors and who brought favourable winds to those who sacrificed to them.
But Paul knew who was actually up at the front – it was the God who “got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm” (Matthew 8:26).
Castor and Pollux are depicted in art as helmeted horse-men.
But Paul knew who was actually up at the front – it was the God who gives “… the horse its strength or clothes its neck with a flowing mane …” (Job 39:19)
Castor and Pollux were believed to help Roman soldiers on the battlefield and each year there would be an annual elaborate parade through the streets of Rome where each rider would wear whatever decorations they had earned.
But Paul knew who was actually up at the front – it was the God who “always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession” (2 Corinthians 2:14).
Castor and Pollux in the many myths surrounding them die in battle but Castor goes to Hades and Pollux being so devastated at not being with his brother offers to lose his own immortality to be with Castor.
But Paul knew who was actually up at the front – it was the God who is “…the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17)
Castor and Pollux were placed by their father, Zeus, as stars in the universe and in the constellation Gemini they are seen as the brightest stars.
But Paul knew who was actually up at the front – it was the God who “is the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16)
Know today that it is God who is leading you, nothing and no one else, no matter how it seems, your God is in charge and in control!