Acts 16:24 and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
The authorities reacted violently to the three charges against Paul and Silas and beat them with rods. [Acts 16:19-22] This was one of times Paul referred to when he said he had been beaten with rods three times in 2 Corinthians 11:25. There is a price to pay for serving Jesus then and today, but it get’s worse for Paul and Silas.
They were thrown into prison to be guarded securely. The jailor took them to the inner prison and fastened there feet in stocks. This was accomplished by spreading the feet apart to inflict pain. The prison was probably a dungeon without any sanitation facilities and the inner prison was at the end of the dungeon.
We would be right to ask how could Jesus use being in prison to His glory? Would Jesus allow them to be killed like James the brother of John [Acts 12:1-2] or perform a miracle and release them like Peter was released [Acts 12:3-11]? Were the new believers praying for them? [Acts 12:12-19] Paul and Silas were human and could have been asking similar questions, but I believe they were not.
I believe they were trusting Jesus for their life and realized that He would receive the glory. I believe they were thinking the thoughts Paul recorded later in the letter to the disciples in Phillipi: ” 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” [Philippians 4:4-7] Paul added that he had learned to be content in what ever circumstance he was in because “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” [Philippians 4:12-13]
O God help me to access everything “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” [2 Peter 1:3 CSB]
Henry Luke 1/9/2018
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