Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 36

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

I have really been enjoying our discussions through the Book of Acts. God has been helping me to grab a better understanding of the context in which this book was written. As I study I find myself wondering about many things concerning the administration of the early church. The more I read the more I think just how intentional the movements of the Holy Spirit, and those of the men and women who followed Him, were. I see in the story of Acts  men of tremendous vision, like Paul, who  geared the church for exponential growth from the get-go. As inheritors of that legacy then how can we do any less?

Well enough soap-boxing. Here is today’s discussion:

11 We boarded a boat at Troas and sailed straight across to the island of Samothrace, and the next day we landed at Neapolis. 12 From there we reached Philippi, a major city of that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. And we stayed there several days.

13 On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there. 14 One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. 15 She was baptized along with other members of her household, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed.

Paul and Silas in Prison

16 One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a demon-possessed slave girl. She was a fortune-teller who earned a lot of money for her masters. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.”

18 This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her.

Acts 16:11-18

Just a quick point of interest.  Because Paul could not go into the mountains according to his plans he headed for the coast and ended up launching out for Macedonia (Greece) from Troas, which was the ancient city of Troy. On arrival in Macedonia he started his work in the city of Philippi. The church he planted there would later inspire the Book of Philippians.

Allow me to ask:

The demon possessed woman in our story here followed Paul around for several days before he dealt with her. Why do you think Paul chose to handle things this way?


2 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 36

  1. I think Paul handled things in the manner he did because the towns people knew this possessed girl. They probably witnessed her fortune-telling before and saw things come to pass after her foretelling it. What better than to have someone from their own town declare who they were. This girl obviously had some credibility due to the money she earned for her master through fortune telling. Paul probably received a prompting from the Holy Spirit to cast this demon out and most of all show the towns people what the Most High God can do. God uses the evil intended for destruct for good. Paul did not have to say a whole lot to have converts in this town she did it for him.

    • This is an interesting thought Deb and not one I have heard taught before. There is precedent. the Lord used magi to proclaim the birth of His son Jesus and they certainly were not men right with God and far back in the Old Testament God used the sorcerer Balaam to accomplish His purposes for Israel even though He later slew Balaam for his wickedness. I am going to have to think on this one a bit it does challenge my paradigm.

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