2013-10-21 - What Would Sergius Paulus Say?
When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord. (Acts 13:12 NIV)
Bar-Jesus has always been a self-assured and confident man. Now look at him, begging and grumbling for anyone to help him. Bar-Jesus tried to keep me, the governor, from learning about God. He wanted me to be like him, trapped and succumbed into the sorcery world.
When Barnabas and Paul arrived in Paphos, I invited them for a visit. I longed to hear their message from God. Bar-Jesus got in the way deliberately, to put the cahoots on the meeting, telling me not to pay any attention to Paul and Barnabas words.
Then something happened to Paul. He glared angrily at Bar-Jesus. Calling him a sorcerer, son of the devil, a trickster, and evil villain. Paul brought Gods punishment onto Bar-Jesus, temporary blindness. It happened so quickly, that Bar-Jesus had no comeback, defense, or plea for forgiveness. Not only did I hear a message from God; I witnessed His power in action. Thatll teach Bar-Jesus to mess with God.
Lord, I believe in You. I praise Your holy and mighty name! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.