So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.
Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.”
And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
Those who oppose the word of God are condemned to darkness, both now and forever. Unable to see, they are hindered from moving about freely. The word of God brings light to the soul and mind. It enables the believer to move about freely without the assistance of mankind’s ideologies. Can we grasp the fact that all we need for living daily and living well, today and forever, is the knowledge of the Lord? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom.
Pro 1:7 NKJV – The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge, [But] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Pro 1:28-31 NKJV – “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD, They would have none of my counsel [And] despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies.