[Linux4christians] Saturday - Acts 16
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Fri Oct 28 20:58:28 EDT 2011
Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
16:1 He also came to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple named Timothy was
there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but whose father
was a Greek. 16:2 The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.
16:3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and
circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they
all knew that his father was Greek. 16:4 As they went through the towns,
they passed on the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and
elders in Jerusalem for the Gentile believers to obey. 16:5 So the
churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in
number every day.
Paul's Vision of the Macedonian Man
16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been
prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in the province
of Asia. 16:7 When they came to Mysia, they attempted to go into
Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to do this, 16:8 so
they passed through Mysia and went down to Troas. 16:9 A vision appeared
to Paul during the night: A Macedonian man was standing there urging
him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us!" 16:10 After Paul saw the
vision, we attempted immediately to go over to Macedonia, concluding
that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
Arrival at Philippi
16:11 We put out to sea from Troas and sailed a straight course to
Samothrace, the next day to Neapolis, 16:12 and from there to Philippi,
which is a leading city of that district of Macedonia, a Roman colony.
We stayed in this city for some days. 16:13 On the Sabbath day we went
outside the city gate to the side of the river, where we thought there
would be a place of prayer, and we sat down and began to speak to the
women who had assembled there. 16:14 A woman named Lydia, a dealer in
purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, a God-fearing woman, listened to
us. The Lord opened her heart to respond to what Paul was saying. 16:15
After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, "If you
consider me to be a believer in the Lord, come and stay in my house."
And she persuaded us.
Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison
16:16 Now as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave girl met us
who had a spirit that enabled her to foretell the future by supernatural
means. She brought her owners a great profit by fortune-telling. 16:17
She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, "These men are
servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of
salvation." 16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul
became greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, "I command
you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" And it came out of
her at once. 16:19 But when her owners saw their hope of profit was
gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace
before the authorities. 16:20 When they had brought them before the
magistrates, they said, "These men are throwing our city into confusion.
They are Jews 16:21 and are advocating customs that are not lawful for
us to accept or practice, since we are Romans."
16:22 The crowd joined the attack against them, and the magistrates tore
the clothes off Paul and Silas and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
16:23 After they had beaten them severely, they threw them into prison
and commanded the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such
orders, he threw them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the
16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to
God, and the rest of the prisoners were listening to them. 16:26
Suddenly a great earthquake occurred, so that the foundations of the
prison were shaken. Immediately all the doors flew open, and the bonds
of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up and saw
the doors of the prison standing open, he drew his sword and was about
to kill himself, because he assumed the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But
Paul called out loudly, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!"
16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer rushed in and fell down trembling
at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside and
asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 16:31 They replied, "Believe
in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household." 16:32
Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him, along with all those who
were in his house. 16:33 At that hour of the night he took them and
washed their wounds; then he and all his family were baptized right
away. 16:34 The jailer brought them into his house and set food before
them, and he rejoiced greatly that he had come to believe in God,
together with his entire household. 16:35 At daybreak the magistrates
sent their police officers, saying, "Release those men." 16:36 The
jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent
orders to release you. So come out now and go in peace." 16:37 But Paul
said to the police officers, "They had us beaten in public without a
proper trial -- even though we are Roman citizens -- and they threw us
in prison. And now they want to send us away secretly? Absolutely not!
They themselves must come and escort us out!" 16:38 The police officers
reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they
heard Paul and Silas were Roman citizens 16:39 and came and apologized
to them. After they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly to
leave the city. 16:40 When they came out of the prison, they entered
Lydia's house, and when they saw the brothers, they encouraged them and
Lord, You called Timothy to ministry and like-Paul he was willing to
whatever was necessary to remove obstacles to his value as Your
instrument of saving-truth. May I be as willing to set-aside that which
may be a distraction to Your message to a dark and dying world.
Summary & Commentary
Timothy joined Paul and Silas, but first Paul circumcised him so that
the Jews who knew that his father was a Greek and his mother a Jew could
not use that, or his failure to be circumcised, as an excuse to reject
him as a leader.
The Holy Spirit prevented them from "speaking the message" in the Roman
province of Asia or Bithynia but in Troas Paul had a vision (from God)
of a man in Macedonia pleading for them to come there so they began the
They first arrived in Philippi where they spoke with some women by the
river, among them Lydia, a woman whose heart was inclined toward the
Lord. She and her family were baptized then she invited them to stay at
Paul cast the demon out of a young girl who was being used for profit as
a fortune-teller and her slave-masters, angry at the loss of profit, had
Paul and Silas imprisoned. They were beaten and thrown into prison where
Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God.
God freed them from prison, as He had Peter, and when the jailer
threatened suicide due to their escape Paul stopped him and shared
Christ. The jailer and his family were baptized. [Note: This is not
about a parent being saved and their minor-children being saved by
association. The same qualifications apply as elsewhere, one must be
capable of comprehending what one is doing if one is to make a
meaningful decision for-Christ. The Biblically-consistent presumption
has to be that both of these families consisted of older children and
adults, and/or that those who were baptized were such -- and that very
young children simply were not intended in the general "family" phrase.
Example: "The whole family walked to the car and drove away." Did the
baby-in-arms walk? Of course not. The generic expression was not
intended to be that detailed.]
When the magistrates came to set them free Paul challenged them with his
Roman citizenship and their mistreatment without a trial - a serious
crime against a citizen - terrified they apologized, personally escorted
them away from the jail, then begged him to leave. They visited briefly
with the "brothers" at Lydia's house then left.
Timothy was not required by the Lord God to be circumcised, no Christian
was, but he agreed in order to remove that from the excuses the enemy
would give to those who might resist him as he served the Lord.
Lydia and the jailer heart the truth and because their hearts were
teachable they accepted it and were saved -- and they led their families
to saving truth as well.
There are times when believers may be persecuted because non-believers
blame them for lost income or lost influence, perhaps due to
superstition, or perhaps a conflict of morality.
When have you had an experience where a sacrifice of comfort or
convenience was made by a leader in order to bypass resistance to the
truth of God?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a leader in the Christian family
who has sacrificed in order to be a more effective servant of the Lord.
Today I will pray for that leader and for a believer, or a gathering of
believers, who are being persecuted by non-believers for selfish reasons.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Sunday's text will be: Acts 17
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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