Slave Girl Freed from a Divining Spirit

You read about this young woman in Chapter 6. Her powers of foretelling the future brought a nice income for her owners, but when the girl realized that apostles of Jesus were in her community, the girl (in what must have been an act of desperation to be freed of the demon possession) began to follow Paul everywhere he went. Paul became so annoyed that he turned to her, and in the name of Jesus Christ, commanded the spirit possessing the girl to come out, which the demon did (Acts 16:18).

Acts 9:42–43 states, “And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.” That Peter stayed with a tanner is an important point, since Jews considered the work of tanning an unclean occupation.

The owners of the slave girl brought charges against Paul and Silas, and the two were imprisoned. Not long afterward, an earthquake shook open the cell doors, freeing the bonds of Paul and the other prisoners. To see an image of the cave where Paul and Silas were imprisoned for casting the demon from the slave girl, visit www.biblestudy.org/biblepic/philpris.html.

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