Acts 16:35–40 (ESV)
The Philippian Jailer Converted (Part 2)
But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” 36 And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.” 37 But Paul
said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.” 38 The police reported these words to the
magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39 So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. 40 So they went out of the prison and visited Lydia. And when they had seen the
brothers, they encouraged them and departed.
There was a lot to write about in yesterdays reading, but I chose to write about only one. Paul and Silas had been beaten and thrown into jail... and the
jailer became converted. They are still in jail and in today’s reading... they are let go! Hooray! But Paul doesn’t want to go home! He puts his foot down and says we were secretly beaten and thrown into jail, we are not
going to be secretly be released. So they stayed in jail! Paul knew they the magistrates had blundered, because Paul and Silas are Roman citizens. He makes them come and apologize. That’s funny! Paul and Silas receive the
apology and they are released. The go back to Lydia’s house and visited before they departed.
I pray: O Lord, again I am simply amazed by the faith of Paul and Silas. I pray that you
mold and shape me into walking as they walked, put you before their own selves. I realize I still have much work. Amen.