Acts 16 starts with the continuation of Acts 15 – so I couldn’t just take the one chapter and make observations. There are at least three main stories in this chapter.
· Paul finds Timothy and circumcises him – they go out together
· Vision to go to Macedonia
· Paul’s and Silas’s imprisonment
The writer also changes from third person to first person in this chapter… so confusing. I had to keep going back asking myself who is “he”, “they” and “we”…I am thankful for my study bible that suggests… Acts was written by Luke who was Paul’s companion. So that makes more sense... read the intro in your study bible … it helps.
Timothy joins Paul and Silas and they travel following the Holy Spirits lead. I wondered what Phyrgia and Galatia was like that the HS guided them not to speak, not to share the gospel? Paul has a dream and is called to preach the gospel in Macedonia. They baptize along the way, preach and are imprisoned for casting out a spirit from a slave girl.
It was remarkable how the jailer responded to Paul and his friends in jail – the earthquake came and they stayed. The jailer was saved, baptized and showed compassion to Paul. Paul still wanted to make a point as a Roman who was jailed and didn’t have a trial… The magistrates were alarmed – the bible says. Why didn’t they ever know that Paul and company were Romans? They were escorted appropriately and Paul left when he was ready. Going to encourage Lydia first J …
In true Paul fashion we have a lot to learn from him. His boldness is encouraging.
Paul is known for being bold and for being guided by the Holy Spirit. What is our modern day Jail? How are we casting out daemons? Are we too fearful of criticism, or of not being liked? Not being accepting of others? Paul demonstrates by his example, don’t do life alone, wait on the Spirit, be bold and encouraging. The Jailer and his family and Lydia and hers were moved by these events. Who are we moving by our actions?
Dear Heavenly Father, Abba Father… your mercy is mighty, I am grateful. I am reminded not to go at this life with by my own strength, but by your will and desires. May I hear your Spirit of encouragement as Paul did. Put me in places and urge me to be bold in your name. Thank you for allowing me to be an encourager. Develop this gift as you develop my other gifts in the background. Thank you Lord for your love and your word that shows us living examples of how we should act and respond here on earth. Thank you for opportunities to be bold Lord. I cast out any fears or judgment I may have in the name of Jesus.
Posted on Wed, February 25, 2015
by Kim Castro