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Acts 16:16-34 (KJV)
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

THE ORIGINAL GREEK TEXT SAYS THAT SHE HAD THE PYTHON SPIRIT, WHICH COMES FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN WHICH THE PYTHON WAS A SNAKE THAT GUARDED THE FAMOUS ORACLE AT DELPHI. THE PYTHON WAS KILLED BY APPOLO THE GOD OF PROPHESY. SINCE IT WAS BELIEVED THAT APOLLO SPOKE THROUGH THE ORCLE AT DELPHI THE TERM PYTHON CAME TO REFER TO ANYONE IN CONTACT WITH APOLLO.



IN TODAY'S SOCIETY SHE WAS A MEDIUM IN CONTACT WITH DEMONS. SINCE TEXT HERE SAYS SHE WAS POSSESSED WITH A DEMON. SHE WAS BRINGING HER MASTERS MUCH FINANCIAL GAIN BY FORTUNE TELLING. SHE WAS BELIEVED TO BE ABLE TO PREDICT THE FUTURE.

BELIEVERS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO MESS AT ALL WITH THE OCCULT.



THIS IS SUCH AN OXYMORON IN THAT THIS GIRL BELIEVED TO PREDICT THE FUTURE AND YET HER MASTERS WOULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT SHE WAS SAYING. THESE MEN THE SERVANTS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD AND SHOW US THE WAY OF SALVATION.






18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

THIS GIRL SAYS THAT PAUL AND SILAS ARE SERVANTS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD AND PROVED IT BY CASTING OUT THE DEMON FROM THE GIRL.
19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,



HER MASTERS DIDN'T BELIEVE IN HER ABILITY TO SPEAK THE FUTURE BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HEED TO WHAT SHE SAID.

THEY HAD THE SERVANTS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD ARRESTED. I GUESS THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE FUTILITY OF THAT.






20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

THEY CAUGHT PAUL AND SILAS BROUGHT THEM BEFORE THE JUDGES.

CHARGED THEM WITH TURNING THE CITY UP SIDE DOWN. BEING JEWS THEY WERE TEACHING THINGS THAT ROMANS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO DO. ABOUT THIS TIME EMPORER CLAUDIUS HAD ISSUED AN ORDER EXPELLING ALL JEWS FROM ROME. SO PAUL AND SILAS MAINLY TEACHING THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD AND GOD. NOT THE ROMAN RULER AT THE TIME.



YOU KNOW THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY GIFTED AT STIRRING UP TROUBLE AND TURNING THE CROWD THEIR WAY.



THE JUDGES THEN RIP OFF PAUL AND SILAS' CLOTHES AND COMMANDED THEM TO BE BEATEN. GREEK SAYS TO BE BEATEN WITH RODS. LUKE LATER CAllS THEM CHIEF MAGISTRATES. THERE WERE 2 CHIEF MAGISTRATES IN AUTHORITY IN EVERY ROMAN COLONY. THE CHIEF MAGISTRATES HAD UNDER THEIR COMMAND WHAT WE WOULD CALL POLICE. AT THAT TIME THEY WERE CALLED LICTORS. EACH LICTOR CARRIED A BUNDLE OF RODS TIED TOGETHER. IT WAS WITH THESE RODS THAT PAUL AND SILAS WERE BEATEN



THEY WERE THEN SENT TO PRISON AND THE PRISON WARDEN WAS GIVEN THE COMMAND TO KEEP THESE MEN. DON'T YOU LET THEM ESCAPE.

SO THEY WERE PUT IN THE HOLE. AND PUT IN STOCKS. THEY WERE IN THE MOST SECURE PLACE IN THE PRISON


25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

AGAIN LIKE PETER IN PRISON WHO WAS SLEEPING SOUNDLY AND NOT PANICING.

PAUL AND SILAS WERE HAVING CHURCH PRAYING AND PRAISING GOD WITH SONGS AND THE OTHER PRISONERS HEARD THEM.



I WOULD ALSO VENTURE TO SAY THAT THE HOUSE OF LYDIA WAS PRAYING ON THEIR BEHALF BECAUSE WHEN THEY ARE RELEASED THEY GO TO HER HOUSE.


26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

THE DEMONS OR THE MAGISTRATES OR EVEN CAESAR HAS NO POWER TO GET CLOSE TO GOD. HERE COMES THE EARTH QUAKE AND THE STOCKS ON THEIR FEET WAS RELEASED AND ALL THE PRISON DOORS WERE OPENED.


27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.



THE WARDEN KNEW WHAT HAPPENED TO GUARDS WHEN PRISONERS ESCAPED SO HE WAS GOING TO KILL HIMSELF AND PAUL CALLED OUT TO HIM AND SAID WE ARE ALL HERE



THE PRISONERS ALL HEARD PAUL AND SILAS HAVING CHURCH THEN THE EARTHQUAKE THEY WERE ALL IN SHOCK AND NO ONE FLED.




29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

SALVATION COMES BY FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS, AS THE GRACIOUS SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS
32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.



NOW HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED AN EARTHQUAKE?

MY SIS LIVES NEAR LA. SHE HAS EXPERIENCED QUITE A FEW BUT NONE BAD.

SHE LIVES IN A MOBILE HOME PARK AND WHEN THERE IS AN EARTHQUAKE EVERYONE COMES OUT OF THEIR HOUSES AND STAND IN THE STREETS AWAY FROM BUILDINGS.



THE JAILER BROUGHT PAUL AND SILAS OUT AND WASHED THEIR WOUNDS OUTSIDE WITH OTHERS WITNESSING THAT. A PUBLIC DISPLAY OF THE JAILER'S CONVERSION. WHO IS SAVED WITH ALL HIS HOUSE. THEN THE JAILER TAKES PAUL AND SILAS TO HIS HOUSE AND FEEDS THEM WITH GREAT REJOICING IN THE WHOLE FAMILY. WHO IS IN CONTROL GOD IS IN CONTROL.



 
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