Paul had a vision of a man praying and and asking him to go Macedonia. So Paul journeyed to Macedonia. They met a woman there named Lydia who wanted to hear the word. After hearing more of the word she wanted to be baptized and she was. After leaving the river where the woman was baptized, he sees another woman. This woman was a slave. She had the spirit of the devil inside of her. She did not want to be noticed by the apostles but she was. Silas and Paul by the power of God drive out the devil that was inside of her, and restore her with the Holy Spirit. This action angered her masters because they were afraid that they wouldn't make money off that slave anymore. Paul and Silas get sent to jail. They were whipped and beat harshly. After this they were locked up and chained to stocks. During all of this time they prayed and prayed and prayed! There was an earthquake during the time they were in jail. This allowed both of them to escape. The prison guard wanted to kill himself because he did not stop the 2 from escaping jail. But Paul told him not to torture himself. Then Peter shared the word with the guard and the guard received salvation.
We want our faith to grow larger every day. We see in 6-9 that even though they were travel not everything was allowed and the viewed it as the holy spirit not allowing them to preach so they listened and then active quickly when Paul had this vision as that was their direction. Very small detail but we see as a purple cloth dealer she was extremely rich!!! Purple is rare and isn't from the area so for her to be open and accepting what they were talking about when she has "everything" is great! As Emma as sated the story of the slave girl and everything that had happened. We see the prison and the earthquake and how amazing that is but we see an amazing feat here and that the guard was going to kill himself but when everybody was still there ended up being saved. A great example of sometimes doing what isn't the first thing on our mind- obviously they maybe knew this was going to happened and so stay because it allow a man and his family to be saved. Sometime we take the first way out of a situation when sometimes not and waiting even if it maybe harder down the road it can make for more reward. We see a little sense of some stubbornness or so from Paul and that he wanted the people to actually come down and release him and not let them go quietly. I find it interesting that they choose to tell them they were roman citizens at the end and not when being thrown in the jail? Kind of wonder why when that would have gave them a way out but maybe wasn't Gods plan for them?
A couple of good stories about Paul and spreading the Gospel. It shows that the Gospel and Jesus is meant for everyone. The first story is about a wealthy woman. She is a dealer of purple clothes meaning she had some money. The Gospel reaches her and she is saved and then invites Paul over to stay with her. The second story is about a jailer. Crazy stuff happens and he and his whole family is saved.
The rulers of the city are eventually tired of the uproar that Paul and Silas are causing because of the Gospel and ask them to leave.
Let the Holy Spirit lead you where ever it will take you do not try to fight it like Jonah. As you all said the dealer of purple cloth was saved. I do not understand if the slave girl had a demon inside of her why was she saying “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved."? Why did the gard try to kill himself I guess maybe because he romans would torture him.