“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Lydia’s Conversion in Philippi and Paul and Silas in Prison

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus 

Just listening to “We Shall Behold Him”, Vickie Winans. Beautiful. Shout out to the faithful followers of this Blog, God Bless You.

“Lydia’s Conversion In Philippi”, Acts 16:11) Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;  12) And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city (or the first) of that part of Macedonia, and a colony:  and we were in that city abiding certain days.  13) And on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.   14) And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us:  whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.  15) And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there.  And she constrained us.  Galatians 6;10; Genesis 19:3; Judges 19:21.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v11, 12, Philippi was a Roman colony loyal to the empire and functioned as a military outpost. Philippi was a commercial center in Macedonia. a good place to begin preaching the Gospel. v13, where prayer was customarily made: According to jewish custom, a congregation consisted of ten households. If ten male household heads could be found in a city, a synagogue was formed. If not, a place of payer was established, usually near a river under the open sky. Here Paul searched for a Jewish prayer meeting. v14-15, Thyatira was well known for purple dyes and cloth dyeing. Because it was so expensive, purple dye was used on garments worn by royalty. As an artisan in purple dyes, Lydia was a wealthy woman who had come to Philippi to practice her trade. Paul preached the Gospel but the Lord opened Lydia’s heart to it.

“Paul and Silas in Prison”, Acts 16:16) And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying.  17) The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of The Most High God, which shew unto us the way of Salvation.   18) And this did she many days.  But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.  And he came out the same hour.  19) And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,  20) And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 1Kings 18:17.  21) And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.  22) And the multitude rose up together against them:  and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.  23) And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely.  24) Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v16, Luke’s description of the slave girl in Greek indicates that she had a “spirit of Python,” meaning that the person was controlled by an evil force.  Apparently those who knew the girl did not regard her as insane or fraudulent.  Rather, they viewed her ability to foretell events as genuine.  People paid the girl for her divination services, earning her masters a lot of money.  v17-18, greatly annoyed or grieved:  Paul was upset not because what the girl said was untrue, but because the girl was being viewed as the source of truth.  v20-21, And brought them to the magistrates: These claims were as false as those leveled first against Jesus and then Stephen.  v22-24, Before prisoners were beaten with rods and laid many stripes, their cloths were torn off so their flesh would be exposed for the flogging.

Those who do good by drawing men from sin, may expect to be reviled as troublers of the city.  While they teach men to fear God, to believe in Christ; to forsake sin, and to live godly lives, they will be accused of teaching bad customs………* and will suffer for it.  Matthew Henry CC.

*) This person’s view.

More to come and God Bless You.      

    

 

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