A few days ago I posted an entry based on a few verses in Acts 16. I talked with someone about that post today and she brought me face-to-face with just how sadly lacking my Biblical knowledge really is! 🙂 If you’re interested in the overall aim of that entry, you can read the entire post here:
In Acts 16, Paul cast out a spirit of divination from a girl who had been following him around for days stating that Paul and his companions were “…slaves of the Most High God who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” (verse 17) In trying to understand why Paul would be particularly bothered by this, I conjectured that the word “slave” might have been offensive or a misrepresentation. It was brought to my attention, however, that this word was used by the apostles themselves in reference to their relationship with God quite frequently (See Romans 1:1 for an example). A little historical context helped me to understand how this status would have been accurate and favorable to them. If you are interested in this, Google the word “doulos.”
My educator went on to say that while the Bible doesn’t tell us exactly why Paul was “annoyed,” it would seem that this demon (while not not being deceitful as far as we can tell) was hindering Paul’s work.
Please don’t hesitate to set me straight if I’ve misrepresented you, C! Thanks for your insight and for taking the time to respond!