Acts 16:23-26,29,35 After they had been severely flogged they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 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 everybody’s chains came loose. 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?” When it was daylight, the magistrate sent their officers to the jail with the order: “Release those men.”
The Scene: Roman style prison stock, chains and shackles. The Roman-style stocks spread the prisoners legs wide apart to restrain and create pain and suffering.
Paul And Silas were convicted of a treasonous offense against Rome. The Romans and the Jews were afraid that King Jesus would come with His army and defeat them.
Paul and Silas were working for God. His workers will not be stopped without His permission. Man alone cannot run over His people. Stocks, shackles, chains cannot stop God’s kingdom from growing.
Paul and Silas were: 1) Restrained by fear of God’s Word. 2) God’s Word cannot be stopped. God’s Word is all over the whole earth. 3) God created an earthquake so that they could be set free. God’s Word will not be denied. 4) Jason,(See Acts 17:6-9) was arrested and had to post bond to be set free. Jesus is the Christian believer’s bondsman.
Acts 7:34 “I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free.”
Romans 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
John 8:32 ” Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal though us.
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