13 JUL 2021

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Acts 16:16-18

16 有一次,我们到祈祷的地方去的时候,一个被巫鬼附着的婢女迎面而来;她行占卜使主人们发了大财。17 她跟着保罗和我们,喊叫说:“这些人是至高上帝的仆人,向你们传讲得救的道路。” 18 她一连多日这样喊叫,保罗觉得厌烦,就转身对那鬼说:“我奉耶稣基督的名,命令你从她身上出来!”那鬼就立刻出来了。

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.  17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”  18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

 

重点学习

路加继续教会增长的描述,因为他虽未明说,读者从上下文便可得知有许多人归向主,或至少教会此时已有相当大幅度的增长。路加并指出撒旦从中搅扰:当使徒遭受拷打及监禁(23节),他们最终被迫离开那城市。

 

Lessons Learn

Luke continues to follow the increase of the church, for although he does not mention it explicitly, it is easy to infer from the context that many people were brought to the faith, or at least that the church did grow considerably. Luke also reports that Satan interrupted this course: when the apostles had been beaten and thrown into prison(verse 23), they were eventually forced to leave the city.