Seeing What Most Miss

How did Paul know, was my question? Here you have this “goverment” worker who is a high mucky muck. He is the deputy of the country. He was a prudent man and he wanted to hear the word of God. (How’s that grabbing you?) So he calls for Paul and Barnabas.

Paul and Barnabas are on their way to speak God’s word to this government guy and they hit an obstacle. An unbeliever who is a sorcerer named Elymas, withstood Paul and Barnabas. Notice Paul knew right away who this was who was coming against them. Notice, this false prophet, this sorcerer, whose name was Barjesus, was with the government guy. And the sorcerer Elymas withstood them.

Okay, here is the account from scripture.

Acts 13:4-13 KJV
So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
[5] And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.
[6] And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus:
[7] Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
[8] But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
[9] Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
[10] And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
[11] And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
[12] Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
[13] Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.

Scripture puts this Elymas fellow in the same category as the sorcerers of Egypt in Moses time, see Exodus 7:11. But unlike Moses, Paul recognized who came against them. Look at Acts 13:9,10. Paul called him a child of the devil. So how did Paul know? How did Paul see something most people miss?

What were Paul and Barnabas doing when they hit the obstacle? 
They were on their way to share God’s word with someone.
Paul noticed this sorcerer was subtitle, perverted the right ways of the Lord and Paul noticed he was full of mischief.

But notice, the goverment man watched and heard Paul’s rebuke of Elymas and it caused the government man to believe, to get saved.

Friends,  when we are on our way to share the truth of God’s word and obstacles get in our way, pray and press on. When you reach your destination know this, children of the devil may be around you and the person you are sharing God’s word with. It is not just asking them to leave but praying out loud for God to shut them up so you can speak freely.

One way may be telling that person the hand of the Lord is upon them and they will have a huge stomach pain for so many days, or diarrhea for 48 hours or whatever. But know this, God is alive and well and the Holy Ghost helps us win. Stand firm for the Lord, he is our strength. Until next time.

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