seekers and sorcerers
Acts 13:4-12 (JDV)
Acts 13:4 So being sent out by the Sacred Breath, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
Acts 13:5 Arriving in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. They also had John as their assistant.
Acts 13:6 When they had traveled the whole island as far as Paphos, they came across a sorcerer, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus.
Acts 13:7 He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God.
Acts 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (that is the meaning of his name) opposed them and tried to distract the proconsul from the faith.
Acts 13:9 But Saul – also called Paul – filled with the Sacred Breath, stared straight at Elymas
Acts 13:10 and said, “You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery, you son of the devil and enemy of all that is right. Won’t you ever stop distracting from the straight paths of the Lord?
Acts 13:11 Now, notice, the Lord’s hand is against you. You are going to be blind, and will not see the sun for a period.” Immediately a mist and darkness fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
Acts 13:12 Then, when he saw what happened, the proconsul believed, because he was shocked at the teaching of the Lord.
seekers and sorcerers
Elymas had been nicknamed Bar-Jesus (son of Jesus), but he was really a son of the devil. He was struck blind so that Sergius Paulus could see. Once the sorcerer was dealt with, this intelligent man could put two and two together and make four. His distracting influence was gone, so he was free to understand and respond to the gospel.
There are a lot of seekers: — intelligent men and women — around us, and they will respond if they hear the gospel. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of distracting influences as well. While we are praying for ways to reach these seekers with the Savior they need, we should also be praying against these sorcerers and other means of demonic distraction.
Lord, lead us to the seekers, and eliminate the sorcerers.