Jan 26 2013

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Paul and Silas meets a Business Woman

This entry is part 11 of 21 in the series Women

They met at the riverA Guy Taking Pictures / Beach Photos / CC BY

The heroes and heroines arrived the next morning at the Guest Lodge. They found the woman they were looking for telling stories to a group of women. They joined the group and listened to her story about Paul the Apostle.

Paul sailed from Troas to the port at Neapolis. It was approximately 14 km inland to the city Philippi in the district of Macedonia. This is where his missionary began in Europe.

There were not ten Jewish males in Philippi, and therefore no synagogue where Paul could preach. He heard about us gathering outside the city gate at the riverside. He joined us there and that is where I met Paul.

There was a slave girl with a divination spirit, a fortune-teller. She earned a lot of money for her owners, who exploited her unfortunate condition. When Paul and Silas cast out the evil spirit, the owners lost their profit and they were very angry. They dragged Paul and Silas in front of the authorities in the marketplace. Paul and Silas were severely beaten and thrown in prison.  The jailer put them in the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in stocks. He wanted to ensure they did not escape; his life was on the line if he did.

Around midnight Paul and Silas were singing and praying when a massive earthquake shook the foundations of the prisons. All the doors flew open and the chains fell off the prisoners. The jailer woke up, and thinking all the prisoners had escaped, he wanted to commit suicide. Paul called to him telling him all the prisoners were still there.

The jailer and his household were saved that day. They believed in Jesus Christ as their Saviour. They were all baptized.

The jailer washed and cleaned the wounds of Paul and Silas. He took them to his home and gave them food to eat.

The next morning the city officials sent a message that Paul and Silas were free to go. Paul sent them a message back that they had beaten Roman citizens and he insisted on a public apology. It was illegal to beat a Roman citizen.

It was not his own reputation he was worried about. Paul wanted a mistake made by the city officials to be rectified before damage was done. He was concerned that such a misunderstanding could harm the new church established in Philippi. Christianity was not a threat to Rome.

The woman saw the heroes and heroines waiting for her. She excused herself and joined them.

“It seems like there is nothing wrong with your memory. Why would you need our services?”

The woman explained that she remembered Paul and Silas’ visit to Philippi, but she could not remember who she was. She knew she had met Paul, but could not remember the circumstances.



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Retha Groenewald

Retha Groenewald, is a Christian, passionate about the Bible and author of fantasy novel The Four Faces. She loves storytelling, reading, researching, and writing. She has degrees in nutrition, business, law, and theology. She is a member of Elim in Durbanville. She lives in Western Cape, in beautiful South Africa.

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  1. Barbara

    My guess is that you are talking about Lydia, a seller of purple cloth. As I remember Paul met her by the river. She was a worshipper of God who opened her heart to receive Him. Let us all open our hearts to God to receive for He has good things for us.
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    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Barbara, you inspire me. I have to find a puzzle that puzzles you LOL

  2. Naila Moon

    Great retelling of the stories.
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    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Naila, thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

  3. Gladys Parker

    Thanks for sharing. I had forgotten of all the stories of truth. I am a believer and pray continually but I have not opened a bible in a very long time. I feel I was meant to read this. May God Bless You!
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    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Gladys, thanks for stopping by and commenting. If you enjoyed this post, read the follow-up that solves the msytery.

  4. Charlotte Henley Babb

    It’s rare that people write about the women in the bible other than Mary, Ruth and Esther. Thanks for sharing this moment. I once did some research on the women who were mentioned in Jesus’s geneology, and all of them lived outside the prescribed circles of the women’s world at that time, which is why they were mentioned, I guess. One difference of early Christianity was its acceptance and inclusion of women.
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    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Charlotte, thanks for visiting. Great comment, thanks. Yes, Jesus didn’t discriminate.

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