Act 16:1 ¶ Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold,
a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a
certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father
[was] a Greek:
COMMENT: Timothy is a disciple. He is already
set apart unto the work of God. He is considered Jewish because his
Mother is Jewish. In the Resurrection, Israel's families will be
reunited; and it would be unthinkable for a hundred percent Jewish
parent to not reunite with her child even though he was born of
a Gentile father.
Act 16:2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were
at Lystra and Iconium.
COMMENT: Timothy had already built a good
reputation as a disciple.
Act 16:3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took
and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those
quarters: for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
COMMENT: By circumcising Timothy, Saint Paul
was making it clear he considered him Jewish. He also wanted to
avoid vain disputes over issues that would prove unprofitable to all.
Act 16:4 And as they went through the cities,
they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were
ordained of the Apostles and Elders which were at Jerusalem.
COMMENT: In delivering the decrees from the
Apostles and Elders, Paul and Barnabus were re-establishing their
authority over the Gentile churches; for Saint Paul is ordained of
God as the Apostle to all of the Gentiles to the end of the
Act 16:5 And so were the churches established in the faith,
and increased in number daily.
COMMENT: By good managment the churches became
established in the faith and increased in number daily. The holy
Revolution was growing.
Act 16:6 ¶ Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the
region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to
preach the word in Asia,
Act 16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go
into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
COMMENT: Bithynia is identifyable on the
map of Saint Paul's SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY provided at the
end of Chapter fifteen. You can think of it as the door to Asia.
Act 16:8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
COMMENT: Troas was a sea port on the Aegean
Sea looking across to Macedonia in what we know today as Greece.
Act 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There
stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over
into Macedonia, and help us.
COMMENT: Now we discover God is not against
evangelizing Asia, but having already supplied the Old Testament
in Greek earlier in history, he would spread the holy Revolution
to the Greeks so much of your New Testament would be written in
their language instead of Asian.
Act 16:10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately
we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that
the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
COMMENT: Having seen the man speaking to him
in a vision, Paul and his team agreed that was a sure sign the
Lord had called them to preach the gospel to them on the other
side of the Aegean Sea.
Act 16:11 ¶ Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a
straight course to Samothracia, and the next [day] to Neapolis;
COMMENT: Paul and his team departed by
ship which unloosed their anchor at Troas to set sail on a straight
course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis.
Act 16:12 And from thence to Philippi, which is
the chief city of that part of Macedonia, [and] a colony:
and we were in that city abiding certain days.
COMMENT: Paul and his missionary team
remained in Philippi several days. It is to the Philippian Church
Saint Paul later writes a holy Epistle from his Roman captivity
which is contained in our Holy Bible, addressing Saints and
deacons there which tells us a mighty Church was established.
Act 16:13 And on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a river
side, where prayer was known to be made; and we sat down, and
spoke unto the women which resorted [thither].
Act 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of
purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God,
heard [us]: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto
the things which were spoken of Paul.
Act 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household,
she besought [us], saying, If you have judged me to be faithful
to the Lord, come into my house, and abide [there]. And she
Act 16:16 ¶ And it came to pass, as we went to prayer,
a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met
us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
COMMENT: The holy men were apparently
observing prayer times which we find King David and Daniel the
Prophet doing, and what we find them doing to remain in God's
anointing we ought to presume other holy men also did, since there
is so much silence in regard to their lives in the Scriptures;
and since we are to let
a matter be established by the mouth of two or more witnesses,
it works to our good to use this method of interpreting the
practices of holy men recorded in the Bible.
A young demon possessed woman, possessed with a spirit of
divination met the holy men as they went to prayer.
Act 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying,
These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto
us the way of salvation.
COMMENT: You might suppose her crying out
in their behalf was a blessing, but it does little or no good for
demons to bear witness of the work of God. Those who knew the young
woman also knew she was a diviner which is like a palm reader
in America, and by crying out in behalf of the work of God; she
made it appear she was part of the work.
Act 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved,
turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of
Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
COMMENT: This report testifies to the patience
of Saint Paul who finally being grieved, turned and cast the demon
spirit out of her. This was not a figurative demon such as demons
pride, lust or greed being cast out by those who feign the gifts
of God. This was a real demon!
Act 16:19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their
gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew [them]
into the marketplace unto the rulers,
COMMENT: By masters we have the inference
they owned the young woman as a slave. Whatever the truth may be,
they were businessmen who soon discovered she could not longer
divine for them and the hope of their financial gains was gone.
So they "drew" the holy men into the marketplace unto the rulers
of the city suggesting they went without being arrested.
Act 16:20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying,
"These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive,
neither to observe, being Romans."
COMMENT: "THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT
OF ALL EVIL." The masters deceitfully hid their real hatred
of the holy men being vengeful for their financial losses,
and make it appear they are concerned for Roman law.
Act 16:22 And the multitude rose up together against them:
and the magistrates tore off their clothes, and commanded to
COMMENT: How quickly persecution rises up
against the holy preaching of the Word of God. Keep in mind
our Adversary goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may
devour, and once the demon was cast out of the young woman;
what do you think he did? But he was there in the city with other
demon spirits stirring up the persecution. And so it is not enough
to learn in the Spirit how to cast out demons, but to also be
ready for what will happen after it has successfully taken place.
Act 16:23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them,
they cast [them] into prison, charging the jailor to keep
COMMENT: Now the holy men are bloodied up
from the whips and are shoved into prison without any concern
for their well being.
Act 16:24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust
them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast
in the stocks.
COMMENT: They were put in the inner prison
where it would be all the more difficult for an escape to take
place. But the greater the adversity the greater the opportunity
to show the power of God.
Act 16:25 ¶ And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed,
and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
COMMENT: Midnight is one of the prayer
times observed daily by holy men. There is little knowledge of
midnight being a prayer time in America where believers are
not inclined to pray unceasingly as they ought to.
And when prayers are made, there ought to also be praises. For
we ought to enter into the Spirit of prayer with thanksgiving
In Psalm 119:62 we are told: "AT MIDNIGHT I WILL RISE
TO GIVE THANKS UNTO YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENTS."
We ought to
take note of the Lord's righteous judgments during the day and
at midnight give thanks unto him for them. You can
be sure Paul and Silas prayed for the Lord to righteously judge
against the injustice of their being whipped and thrown into
Act 16:26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so
that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately
all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.
COMMENT: This earthquake had a mind of its
own, didn't it? It was A GREAT EARTHQUAKE! It didn't knock the
prison down, but it shook its foundations sufficiently to cause
all the doors to the prison to open, and strangely enough;
the bands that held the prisoners were also loosed.
Act 16:27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his
sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword,
and would have killed himself, supposing the prisoners
COMMENT: The keepers of prisons in those
days were held accountable with their own lives if prisoners
escaped. So the keeper of the prison was about to kill himself
with his own sword.
Act 16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do yourself
no harm: for we are all here.
COMMENT: How is it Paul could know the
Jailer was going to kill himself except he saw it in the
Act 16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and
came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
COMMENT: We find the Jailer in need of a
light to find Saints Paul and Silas. It is literally and
spiritually true. The Jailer no doubt had also heard Paul
and Silas singing praises in the beauties of holiness in the
anointing of God and knew they were responsible for the
Act 16:30/31 And brought them out, and said, "Sirs, what must
I do to be saved?" And they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and you shall be saved, and your household."
COMMENT: God reached into his tool box and
pulled out A GREAT EARTHQUAKE and gave the Jailer an attitude
readjustment. He now spoke with respect to the two holy men.
Act 16:32 And they spoke unto him the Word of the Lord,
and to all that were in his house.
COMMENT: All of the Jailer's household
were apparently there with him due to the earthquake, and
heard the Word of the Lord with him; but for not more than
Act 16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night,
and washed [their] stripes; and was baptized, he and
all his, straightway.
COMMENT: Now the Jailer did what he ought to
have done when the two men arrived. He washed their wounds from
the whips and then was baptized, him and all his household right
away. They were wasting no time. The demostration of power and
Spirit had the desired effect on them.
Act 16:34 And when he had brought them into his house,
he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God
with all his household.
COMMENT: Now the Jailer has his spiritual
house in order and in a spirit of rejoicing he set meat before
the two holy men.
Act 16:35 ¶ And when it was day, the magistrates sent
the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go."
COMMENT: By now it was clear to the magistrates
that the holy men they had dealt with unjustly had brought about
the GREAT EARTHQUAKE. So they order them released.
Act 16:36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying
to Paul, "The magistrates have sent to let you go: now
therefore depart, and go in peace."
COMMENT: The Jailer told Paul they were
free to go.
Act 16:37 But Paul said unto them,
"They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and
have cast [us] into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily?
nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out."
COMMENT: Saint Paul spoke the truth in
love to his new converts. The Romans had laws particularly
for Roman citizens and Paul stood up for his rights as a Roman
citizen putting the magistrates in a position of having to
answer to higher authorities, possibly even Caesar in Rome.
Act 16:38 And the Sergeants told these words unto the
magistrates: and they feared, when they heard they were Romans.
Act 16:39 And they came and besought them, and brought [them]
out, and desired [them] to depart out of the city.
COMMENT: They besought the holy men meaning
they pleaded with them. You see the mob has gone home, and the
law is back in effect. The magistrates ought to have stood up
for the law but they were menpleasers.
Act 16:40 And they went out of the prison, and entered
into [the house of] Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren,
they comforted them, and departed.
COMMENT: Saint Paul and Silas returned
to Lydia's house who was also a new convert and when they were
comforted, they departed. In this way, Paul and Silas showed
themselves to be free men rather than demonstrate any fear of
the magistrates; but so as to not provoke the fears of the
magistrates, they did depart once they had made it clear they
intended to exercise the freedom of Roman citizens in the
jurisdiction of the magistrates where they would want to return
at some future time for the preaching of the gospel.