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Praise and Worship
Praise Elevates us into God’s Presence and Power

Paul and Silas knew the secret of how to lift their hearts above their troubles and enter into God’s presence and power. Through praise and worship their hearts were raised into the joyous presence and peace of God, and provided God a channel for his power to operate in their circumstances.

Paul and Silas knew the secret of how to lift their hearts above their troubles and enter into God’s presence and power. Through praise and worship their hearts were raised into the joyous presence and peace of God, and provided God a channel for his power to operate in their circumstances.

Sunday SchoolTeachings
This Bible story begins the unjust arrest of Paul and Silas. Because they had cast a spirit of divination out of a girl, the local Philippian authorities beat them and then threw them into a jail cell. Besides the trauma of the severe beating, they were fastened in stocks which clamped their arms and legs in an immobile position, causing cramps and loss of circulation. The atmosphere there was depressing. According to the standards of that day, a prison was more like the resemblance of a dungeon. A dark, damp, stench-ridden place, with no facility for waste or comforts of any kind.

Yet, in spite of the throbbing pain in their bodies and the disheartening atmosphere, at midnight Paul and Silas were heard praying and singing praises to God! What a strange sound this must have been to the other prisoners, who were used to only hearing the groans or cursings of those who had been beaten.

Then suddenly, there was an earthquake that shook the prison! The doors flung open, and amazingly, the bonds of Paul, Silas, and every other prisoner were released! What caused this mighty discharge of power?




Pastor's Corner:

What Went Wrong?

The punishment seems harsh. One moment, Aaron’s sons are joyously serving the Lord in his tabernacle and the next, Yahweh has consumed them with fire, ending their lives. Assuming that God is just, and certainly not capricious, the only plausible explanation is that Nadab and Abihu were guilty of a truly heinous crime. What went wrong?

The Leviticus narrative describes their crime as that of offering “unholy fire before the Lord, such as he had not commanded them.” (Lev. 10.1) However, as suggested in Matthew Henry’s Commentary and in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Aaron’s sons were probably drunk. Both commentaries point to God’s command to Aaron immediately after this incident. Leviticus 10.9 states, “Drink no wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons, when you enter the tent of meeting, that you may not die.”

It is likely that “unholy fire” was a euphemism pointing the reader to the attitudes of the hearts of Nadab and Abihu. Because they were intoxicated, they were incapable of performing the duties assigned to them with the care and piety required by the Lord.

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