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June 29, 2009

Can You Sing at Midnight?

Filed under: Christ,Faith,Father,Life with God,Love — canwetalkaboutthat @ 6:01 AM

Recently I heard a sermon titled “Can You Sing at Midnight?”  I would like to share my notes and the insights I gained from it.

The sermon was from these scriptures:

“And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.” Acts 16:22-28 (King James Version)

These Are My Take Away Notes — Although “not”  nearly  “exact” quotes:

The words of Paul stayed the would be suicide’s hand… The jailer And his household were brought to Jesus and although the Scriptures do not tell us rather the other prisoners came to Jesus or not we do know one thing for sure… there was a change in their lives otherwise they would have not remained if their lives had not been changed……

The Scriptures tell us without a doubt that Paul and Silas had been beaten without mercy… Their wounds were raw, throbbing, exposed and had not yet been tended to, let alone healed… Therefore, one must wonder how it was that Paul and Silas were still able to Sing at midnight [and at a time that might have been considered as one of their darkest hours]?

1. They remembered who their Father IS.
2. And that HE IS In Control.
3. They remembered that they were servants of “THE Most High.”
4. That they were “Partners in Hope.”
5. They recognized that they were a part of Something MUCH bigger than themselves, bigger than Any event and bigger than Any moment in life [this too shall pass]…

So, this singing was Not only a Comfort to the suffering servants, their singing was a comfort to the pain of others, to All who could hear them that night… And it brought “THE Comforter” not only to them, but to others also that night, to this dark and filthy place, which was filled with lost people, pain and suffering!

Their singing brought once lost souls home to THE Kingdom…… One cannot deny that as these hurting Disciples sang “through their pain” — yes, publicly for all to hear and see — that they were ministering to “their needs,” that it was pleasing to God and that it was then that their cups began to “overflow from their relationship with Him.” They sang… They ministered to their wounds and to others during and through their pain… AND GOD Showed Up in a mighty way… providing the overflow.

Therefore, should any “Child of  THE Most High”  believe that [s]he, while being filled with the same Spirit of the Lord, is capable of any less?

The following is from “A Popular Commentary” on these Scriptures:

Ver 23 they had laid many stripes upon them to beat them with rods The with the Romans to inflict the blows upon the naked body In his sad the sufferings he had endured for his sake 2 Cor xi 25 Paul relates he was beaten with rods.

This was one of the occasions He endured here we are told maпу stripes there the stern Roman practice no such as that existing in the law of Moses the Jews five times received I forty one 2 Cor xi 24 and see for the Deut xxv 3. Hurried and by the popular tumult the arrest punishment and subsequent rigorous imprisonment was and carried out with such haste and passion the plea of Roman citizenship urged with force by the prisoners on the following day not listened to even if made…

Ver 24 Thrust them into the inner prison and made their feet fast in the stocks In Roman prison there were usually three parts i the communiora where the bad light and fresh air 2 the interiora shut by strong iron gates with bars and locks 3 tullianum or dungeon The third was a rather of execution or for one condemned to die.

The prison in which Paul and Silas lay that eventful night at Philippi was probably a damp cold cell from which light was excluded The stocks alluded to was an instrument of torture as well as confinement This instrument was a heavy piece of wood with holes into which the feet ere placed in such a manner that they were stretched widely apart so as to cause the sufferer great pain Eusebius E vi 39 writes of the noble Origen’s sufferings when under an iron collar and in the deepest recesses of the prison for many days he was stretched to the distance of four in the stocks i Xs Lat nmz ia

Ver 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and song praises unto God sleeps in prison between the two soldiers and Silas sing in the stocks they cannot their hands or bend their knees in prayer they can lift up their heart and voice to heaven. Such is the power of joy in the Holy Spirit… Wordsworth suggests the prisoners were singing one of psalms which are entitled a prayer of David the 17th or 86th The Greek verbs in this verse are in the imperfect and the literal translation brings the scene that night more vividly before us thus:

Paul and Silas in prayer were singing hymns to God and the prisoners in the outer prison were listening to them when the earthquake happened

Ver 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake — Vain attempts have been made for instance by Baur and Zeller to explain away the miraculous aspect of this event — But the simple words of the narrator can only be understood as an account of a miraculous interference on the part of the King ruling in heaven in behalf of His persecuted servants. The earthquake never loosed the prisoners chains or opened those close barred and chain protected doors the Divine power which commanded the earthquake loosed the chains and opened the barred up doors

Ver 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep and seeing the prison doors open he drew his sword and would have killed himself supposing that the prisoners had fled. The jailer or governor of the prison seeing the doors open naturally concluded that his of whom no doubt a considerable number were under his charge and some doubtless on capital charges had fled and then that if such were the case a sure death him under the stern Roman law determined by self murder to anticipate his doom Howson remarks that Philippi is famous in the of suicide and quotes the examples of the numbers of voluntary deaths after the great of Philippi had destroyed the hopes of the republicans Niebuhr relates how the majority the proscribed who survived the battle of put an end to their own lives as they of being pardoned Among these were and Cassius Self murder among the in the first and second centuries of the era was fearfully common It was even of in Stoic philosophy Many of the of the Romans ended their days in this It was in fact the common resort in and in extreme danger and was not unknown even in cases where satiety in all life’s pleasures had induced the not uncommon feeling of utter weariness of living

Ver 28 We are all here The prisoners we are especially told had been listening to the sweet solemn Hebrew hymns of Paul and Silas when the earthquake and its accompanying marvels took place I hen feeling that what had happened was supernatural and in some measure connected with those eastern strangers voices they had been listening to that solemn night with such rapt attention they made no effort to escape

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