2 Kings 25; Chronicles 1-3; Acts 16

Acts 16: 16-18 As we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl with an oracular spirit, who used to bring a large profit to her owners through her fortune-telling. She began to follow Paul and us, shouting, “These people are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” She did this for many days. Paul became annoyed, turned, and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” Then it came out at that moment.

This is the first chapter in Acts when Luke’s narrative voice changes (“We set sail from Troas….”) insinuating he is in the company of Paul.  And it is the first chapter where his choice of words in describing Paul’s reaction to a situation gives us a deeper insight into Paul’s temperament (Paul became annoyed…).  I find it noteworthy that Luke, despite being along for the trip, manages to avoid the arrest, beating, and imprisonment Paul and Silas experience at Phillipi.  In my own imagination this is due to Luke’s intelligence and prudence than to any flaw in Luke’s character.  I think a possible lesson to be drawn here is that even the very great saints are fallen human beings, though they seem to turn their imperfections into the ultimate glory of God.  As much as Satan urges us to, we must never give up on ourselves.

GOD’S ANSWER: Trust that I want every human person to be with Me in eternity.  You just have to want to do the same, and live that desire.

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