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2017 August 10
Image 1: Lydia (2009)
Elspeth Young (Contemporary Artist)
Al Young Studios, Orem, Utah, USA
Image Source: Al Young Studios
Image 2: Priestess of Delphi (1891)
John Collier (1850-1934)
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Style
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Image Source: Wikimedia
Image 3: St. Paul and the Philippian Jailer (1909)
From the Book: Scenes from the Life of St. Paul and their Religious Lessons, John Saul Howson (1816-1885)
Harold Copping (1863-1932)
Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA
Image Source: Wikimedia
Explanation: In Acts 16 the account of Paul's second missionary journey continues from the previous chapter. As he traveled, Paul invited Timothy to join him, and they went from city to city edifying the churches (1-5). Paul attempted to lead his group into several different places, but the Spirit of God did not allow him to do so. Finally, Paul saw a vision of a man from Macedonia who asked them to come into Macedonia and help them. He then realized that the Spirit was calling him there (6-10). When he arrived, he met Lydia. She and her household were converted and baptized (11-15). While he was in the region, a girl who had a spirit of divination began to follow them and to cry out, "These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation." Paul was so grieved that he commanded the spirit to come out of her. But the slave masters who owned the girl were greatly upset that they would no longer be able to make money by selling her services. They therefore had Paul and Silas arrested and beaten on false charges (16-24). At midnight, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God. Suddenly, an earthquake struck which shook the foundations of the prison and loosened everyone's bonds. The jailer supposed that everyone had escaped and was about to kill himself, but Paul stopped him, assuring him that everyone was still in the building. The jailer came trembling to Paul and Silas and asked them what he must do to be saved. They told him to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. He and his household came to Christ that night and were baptized. He then fed Paul and Silas. The next morning the city officials told the jailer to let Paul and Silas go. But Paul insisted that the magistrates personally escort them out of the city since they were Roman citizens and were uncondemned (25-40).
[Sermons: Sinclair B Ferguson. Richard Sibbes. Various. ]
[Illustration: Today's images represent three key elements of today's chapter: Lydia, the seller of purple; a girl who had a spirit of divination, symbolized here by the Delphi Oracle, who also had a spirit of divination; and the Philippian jailer who came to Paul and Silas to ask how to be saved. ]
[THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES:
Acts 16:1-40: Acts 14:20-22; 2 Timothy 3:10-11; Philippians 2:19-23; Matthew 11:27; 2 Corinthians 11:25; Acts 22:28. ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***
2. Focus on the Ministry of Paul & his Companions (Ac 13:1 - Ac 28:31) - 48 A.D. - 62 A.D. Israel; Mediterranean Region
1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
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 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.
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,
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.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.
36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.
37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.
39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.
40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
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