July 23, 2014
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”
After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.
Let’s talk about Simon, but first a word from your sponsor:
[Are you reading the biblical texts that accompany these entries? If you are like me, I know how I can tend to treat Scripture readings in devotional material as “fly-over” country. In other words, just get me the stuff the guy is trying to say here. That’s not a yellow card. It’s a red card. My words are to the biblical text, by magnitude of significance, are as Hostess Donuts are to Krispy Kreme. ;0) The Daily Text must be about the Daily Text, the Word of God. Never, never, never, never, ever skip over the text. In fact, if you only have time for one part of the Daily Text, read the Scripture portion. My words will pass away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. End of sidebar.]
Ok, let’s don’t talk about Simon the Sorcerer. To further demonstrate my point, how about just going back and re-reading the Daily Text (aka the Scripture portion) from yesterday and today. You will learn all you need to know about Simon.
And while you are at it, share what you observe about Simon and the implications in the Comment field below. I’m opening up comments as a little Daily Text experiment this week.
COME HOLY SPIRIT!
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