Friday, May 8, 2009

Acts 14-16

Continued movement, continued miracles, continued persecution.

At the end of Ch 15, Paul and Barnabas have a disagreement and part ways.

Ch 16- The voice of the narrator suddenly changes from 3rd person to first? Maybe I'm missing something but it certainly seems that the chapter begins with "they" and, after Paul's vision, changes to "we" and "us."

Ch 16 is pretty action packed. Paul and Silas drive a spirit out of a slave girl. They are arrested, stripped and flogged. They thrown in jail and shackled. During the night, there is a great earthquake and all the doors fly open. The jailer was scared that he would be killed because the prisoners had escaped and was going to kill himself but Paul and Silas called out to him that they were still there. The jailer wants to be saved. Paul and Silas tell him what he needs to believe, they baptize him, he cares for them. In the end...

35When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: "Release those men." 36The jailer told Paul, "The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace."

37But Paul said to the officers: "They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out."

38The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. 40After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia's house, where they met with the brothers and encouraged them. Then they left.


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