Acts 16:35 Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, “Release those men.”
The Roman officials must not have been all that concerned about the actions of Paul and Silas. When day came they sent word to the jailor to release them “Therefore come out now and go in peace.” However Paul and Silas were Roman citizens and they invoked their privilege for a trial in vv.36-39. They said they had been beaten in public without a trial and thrown into prison and now you want to send us away secretly. The officials were afraid because of what they had done and came to Paul and Silas and begged them to leave the city.
V.40 records that Paul and Silas left the prison and went to the house of Lydia and encouraged the disciples and departed Philippi. Paul never missed an opportunity to provide encouragement to the disciples. Dr. Henry Morris said in his introduction to Philippians: “It soon became the church that gave the Apostle Paul more personal satisfaction than any of the others, and his epistle reflects his deep love for them. Note, for example, [Philippians 1:3-8; 4:1,15-19], as well as his testimony concerning them in 2 Corinthians 8:1-5.
The letter to the Philippians does not reveal any serious problems in the church, in contrast to the problems that had developed in Corinth and Galatia, although there was a certain amount of disharmony that Paul sought to correct before it could develop into something serious [e.g., Philippians 2:2-3; 4:1-3].” A
The example of Paul suggests disciples today should use all righteous means afforded by our courts and governments to secure our rights under the US constitution.
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Henry Luke 1/14/2018
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