Let’s open with an interesting point from WhereWhatHuh on our Youtube podcast page, who brings up something I had not heard before, relative to Acts 19 where 50,000 drachmas worth of sorcery books were burned.
A side point on the books valued at 50,000 silver pieces: We tend to think of the value of books as the cost of the books, or the value for which they could be sold. In the ancient world, books could be rented out for duplication. To own a library of popular books could bring a steady income. Thus, when these books were burned, not only does it mean that the owners of the books stopped practicing witchcraft themselves, but also that they gave up publishing these books and renting them out to others. Their repentance was complete and sincere, and their sacrifice not only improved themselves, but the entire community.
When Paul and his companions came to Caesarea near the very end of Paul’s third missionary journey, Luke wrote, “And we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. And he had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied” (Acts 21:8-9, RSV). This must certainly be a record of women who prophesied in the assembly of a group of Christians, for the fact that Luke reports it strongly suggests that Paul and those with him were present while these women were prophesying. The verb used (a present participle) also suggests that the prophesying was a regular or continuing occurrence with these daughters: More literally, the text says, “To this man [Philip] were four virgin daughters prophesying.” So here is one example of women (or girls-there is no indication of their age) who seem to have used the gift of prophecy freely in the church. Source: Wayne Grudem: The Gift of Prophecy
End of the Show: Bible memory verse for FEBRUARY: Acts 9:31 So the church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
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