From Pastor Perry

11/16/2013 Acts 8:14-25

Acts 8:14–25 (ESV)
Simon the Magician Believes (Part 2)
14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.” 24 And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
25 Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

In yesterday’s reading, Simon the Magician appeared and was converted to Christianity.  In today’s reading, Peter and John show up and they pray that the people might receive the Holy Spirit.  Now the confusing verse in 16 states: “for he (Holy Spirit) had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”  So what is this verse all about?  It is possible that these Samaritans had been baptized before Pentecost, before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  What ever the case, they had not received the Holy Spirit and they want it.  Notice that Peter and John did not rebaptize them, but layed hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is bringing unity to the Samaritans, Jews, and Gentiles.

Simon is amazed and he wants this power to give the Holy Spirit.  He actually offers Peter and John money to them saying “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”    I think the problem in what he is wanting can be found in the “give me” and the “I lay” are drawing attention to himself instead of to the Lord.   Simon had boasted of having healing powers and now he wants to buy this.  The reaction is quite sharp against Simon.  They react by saying: "21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.” Simon becomes quickly convicted of his sin and he repents and asks them to pray that this might not happen to him.  This also reminds me of when Moses got a little showy with his staff and struck the rock and God denied him entrance into the Promised Land.

I pray: O Lord, help me to always serve you out of love for others and help me to never fall into the sin of placing myself before you.  You are God and it is you I give credit too.  Let selfish ambition not be part of my life, but help me to live to bring glory to you.  Amen.

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