“Come over and help us”
<<To show how the word of God was spread further and faith made Paul and Silas fearless in a time of trouble>>
PAUL SEES A VISION OF A MAN OF MACEDONIA
Paul was on another journey ,this time with a disciple named Silas. One night he saw a vision.(A vision is like a dream, but it is given by God,to tell the person who sees it something that He especially wants him to know). In this vision saw a man of Macedonia , a country just across the sea from where paul was staying. The man in the vision said,”The man in the vision said, “Come over into Macedonia and help us.”
PAUL GOES TO MACEDONIA
Paul always went wherever God, by his Holy Spirit , sent him. So straight away he got into a ship and sailed to Macedonia and came to the main city there called Philippi. On the sabbath day they went out of the city by a riverside. People gathered there to pray. Paul Silas knew it would be good place for preaching and they sat down and spoke to the women who came.One of the women was called Lydia. She was a seller of purple cloth and dye. Lydia already worshipped God and was glad to hear Paul and Silas. God knew what was in her heart and through the words of Paul and Silas, helped her understand the Truth. She took careful notice of the things they spoke and she believed them. Quite soon Lydia was baptised, as well as all the people in her house. She asked Paul and Silas to stay with her for a while in her home.
A GIRL WITH A SICK MIND IS HEALED
There was a young girl in Philippi who sick in her mind. She worked for some wicked men who pretended that she could really tell what was going to happen in the days ahead. People gave them money to hear her speak. So her masters were glad she was ill. It made them rich. Day after day she had followed Paul and Silas. She met Paul and Silas as they were on their way to preach. She called out, “These men are the servants of the Most High God which way she said it over and over, crying out loudly in a sill away showed how sick she was. Paul felt sad and he turned and spoke to her and healed her of her sickness. She became a normal, sensible girl.
THE GIRL’S MASTERS ARE ANGRY
When the masters of the girl saw that they would not be able to use her to make money any more, they were angry and dragged Paul and Silas to market place to the rulers of the city.
PAUL AND SILAS ARE PUT IN PRISON
The magistrates tore of the cost of Paul and Silas and had them beaten many time until their backs were very sore and bleeding. Then they cast them into prison, telling the jailor to keep them safely. To make sure they could not escape, the jailor put them into the inner prison. Their feet were locked tightly in wooden stocks. The jailor knew he would be put to death if his prisoners got away. He did not want that to happen.
PAUL AND SILAS SING AND PRAY
But Paul and Silas did not worry about what might happen. At midnight the other prisoners heard them singing hymns and praying to God, for Paul and Silas knew that He was watching over all that was going on. In our next lesson we will learn the exciting things that happened after midnight.
God, in His wisdom, knows all things. he knew there were lots people in Macedonia whose hearts were ready to hear the gospel and obey its call. So it was God who led Paul and Silas there so that people could learn the Truth and be baptised. Let us always keep our hearts and minds open to hear Gods’s Word and obey it, just like Lydia
Remember these points:-
*Paul saw a vision of a man from Macedonia saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
*Paul set sail for Philippi in Macedonia straight away.
*Lydia believed the words of Paul and Silas and she and her household were baptised.
*The young girl with the sick mind followed Paul and Silas.
*Paul healed her of the sickness.
*The young girl masters accused Paul and Silas of making a disturbance.
*They were beaten and placed in stocks in the inner prison.
*At midnight they sang hymns and prayed to God.
*Our hearts and minds must always be open to receive instruction from the Word of God.
Glory to the Lord.