Acts 16:18 She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.
Paul and his missionary team including Silas, Timothy, and Luke were led by the Holy Spirit to the city of Philippi [Acts 16:9-15] and as was their custom they went to the Jews place of prayer and began speaking to the women assembled there. Lydia a worshipper of God was there and listened to the gospel message. Her heart was receptive to the word of God and she believed in Jesus and was baptized. Those in her household also believed and were baptized.
Her newly redeemed heart was opened to offer hospitality for the team to stay in her house. As they continued to proclaim the gospel of Jesus a slave-girl with a spirit of fortune telling kept saying “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” [Acts 16:16-17] As noted in the opening scripture v.18 Paul became annoyed and in the name of Jesus asked the spirit to come out of her and the spirit obeyed.
When her masters realized the loss of their income from the slave they seized Paul and Silas and claimed to the city officials that these men were causing confusion in the city, are Jews and they proclaim a treasonous gospel in a Roman city. [Acts 16:19-21]
The gospel always requires a response; Lydia and her household responded with faith and were saved. The evil spirit recognized and called attention to Paul and Silas as witnesses for Jesus and her masters violently rejected the gospel. This was a recurring process for Paul to go into a city and proclaim the gospel of Jesus and be accepted at first, but then be rejected by a mob and have to leave the city. A
Paul and Silas set the example for disciples today as they were faithful to proclaim the gospel of Jesus and trust Jesus for the response and their safety.
Notes: A- Acts 17:1-15
Henry Luke 1/8/2018
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