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Blinded by Rebellion

EEBC Acts  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  22:50
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Context: Where does this fit in the Big Picture of God's Glory?

New Testament
46-47 AD
Beginning of the Missionary Journeys of Paul.
Written definitely to those who knew the geography.

Overview: What's going on here?

Acts 13:4–12 CSB
4 So being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 Arriving in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. They also had John as their assistant. 6 When they had traveled the whole island as far as Paphos, they came across a sorcerer, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. 7 He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (that is the meaning of his name) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9 But Saul—also called Paul—filled with the Holy Spirit, stared straight at Elymas 10 and said, “You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery, you son of the devil and enemy of all that is right. Won’t you ever stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord? 11 Now, look, the Lord’s hand is against you. You are going to be blind, and will not see the sun for a time.” Immediately a mist and darkness fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 Then, when he saw what happened, the proconsul believed, because he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

Reflection: Why does this matter?

Rebellion against God leads to blindness.
Physical here.
Sometimes symbolic.
If you reject the work of God, the Word of God, and the Spirit of God, blindness results.

Expectations: What do we do about it?

Know the Gospel
Be careful of imitators
Those who are false on the front end will remain false unless they truly repent
Blindness will come
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