Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Would Have Killed Himself

20And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
21And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
22And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely:
24Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26And 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.
27And 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 that the prisoners had been fled.
28But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
29Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
34And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.


Acts 16:20-34, King James Version



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 that the prisoners had been fled.

Paul and Silas had been put in prison when an earthquake occurred; all the prison doors were thrown open, and the prisoners bands were loosed. The jailer, assuming that everyone had escaped was ready to kill himself, when Paul called to him. Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

The keeper of the prison came trembling before Paul and, knowing that this could only be of God, cried out, "What must I do to be saved?" So, an event that could have had horrible consequences for the jailer brought a time of joy instead.


And he [the jailer] took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

Just as the jailer cried out to God for salvation, so can we cry out to God today; as God saved the penitent jailer, so will He save us today when we fall before Him as sinners, unworthy of His grace. What an amazing God we have!

Pray for your non-believing friends and neighbors; you never know what circumstances God may bring about to answer your prayers.

God Bless You,
Linda

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