Daily Bible Podcast Day 040 – Leviticus 10-12, Acts 16

December 10, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, ‘Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!’

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?'” ~Acts 16:25-30

Observation:
The penalty for dereliction of duty was a painful death. That is why the jailer was going to kill himself. He’d die faster and less painfully than if he were found to have let his prisoners escape. Had Paul and Silas escaped, his soul would have been lost. Since they stayed, the jailer became a believer. The next day Paul and Silas were released anyway. Despite their being beaten and wrongfully imprisoned, they did what was best for others.

Application:
I may never be beaten or go to prison for the sake of the gospel. However, am I looking for opportunities to reach others when I’m suffering hardship? Do I prioritize my own (usually minor) discomfort over the eternal destiny of others?

Prayer:
God, help me to focus on others ahead of my own discomfort or pain. Even if I’m beaten and in prison, help me to proclaim your word and reach who You would see reached.

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