Paul arrives at Rome and under guard; He is also subject to house arrest. He is not able to go and meet with his fellow Jews to preach to them, so they agree to come and meet with him. Some believe, some do not but Paul reveals God’s plan to bring the Good News to the Gentiles.
Cyrus is the LORD’s Chosen Instrument. The LORD rules in the affairs of men (Dan 4:17). Isaiah tells of the future conversion of Gentiles and that God seeks those that will trust in Him and let Him be LORD of their lives.
Paul arrives at Rome and is greeted by loving Brothers and Sisters in Christ; to strengthen him, to encourage him and to just show their beloved apostle that they appreciate all that he has done for them.
God forgives and God redeems, Israel is not forgotten and Judah will be restored, but only on God’s schedule. He knows the end from the beginning, even calling out Cyrus future King of Persia 150 years before he is born.
Paul on the Island of Malta, shipwrecked cold and wet; trying to minister to others is bitten by a poisonous snake. Spiritually, Satan opposes God’s plan to get Paul to Rome and he is actively working to oppose him. We too must “shake off” efforts to hinder our personal ministry opportunities.