Acts 13: 4-12….Stage one of a life-time of adventure.

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

Comment: Initially they presented the Good News of Jesus in the synagogues. They came eventually to the Roman proconsul and began an outreach into the Gentile world. Why a Jew doubly named, Bar-Jesus and Elymas, would have such a position we are not told. The magician attached to his name may have meant that he was a trickster entertainer. He tried to use his influence on the Roman to get him to turn away from the message of Paul and Barnabas. Paul spoke very plainly and used a miraculous blindness to deal with him and to free the proconsul to listen.

Prayer: I don’t want to ever go against You, O my God.

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