9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
Satan had abused the name of God to deceive; and far from being any kind of excuse, this is the most awful kind of deception. Simon took this name of God’s principal power in order to suppress and surpass whatever was divine elsewhere, just as the sun darkens all the stars with its light. This was wicked and ungodly profanation of the name of God. But we read of nothing done here that is not done every day even now, for people are attracted to nothing more than transferring to Satan what belongs to God. They claim to be religious, but what good did that excuse do the Samaritans? We are blessed when God reveals to us his power in Christ and declares that we must not seek the same anywhere else and shows us Satan’s tricks, which we must avoid, so that he may keep us in himself.