And when it was day, the magistrates sent the officers, saying, “Let those men go.”
So the keeper of the prison reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Now therefore depart, and go in peace.”
But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.”
And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans. Then they came and pleaded with them and brought them out, and asked them to depart from the city. So they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.
A beating, a night in jail, no trial and asked to leave all actions that mirror what Jesus experienced. What began in the garden of Eden continues today. The love of God is received by some with joy as in the case of the jailer and his family. For others it is something to destroy; it is rejected as is seen in the actions of the slave girl’s owners. The jailer and his family received and were blessed through Paul and Silas. Now it was time for Paul to move on in peace, his work was completed and no charges were filed. The why’s of the situation are not answered, the how’s and what’s are. We know we serve a God who provides. With His power we rise above our circumstances and move on. In His will, we continue to share and encourage wherever we go.