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God Rescues through an Earthquake
Law
Evil and suffering are in the world because
of sin.

Gospel
In the suffering, death, and resurrection of
Jesus Christ, God demonstrated His power
over sin and death, and through His almighty
power and love, He causes all things to work
together for good to those who love Him.

Acts 16:20–34

The judicial proceedings began fairly, but
they immediately deteriorated as the crowd, in
a fit of racial and religious prejudice, demanded
swift punishment. Without further inquiry, the
magistrates had the apostles stripped and “beat
them with rods” (Acts 16:22). Paul and Silas were
handed over to the jailer and safely locked in
an inner prison with their feet secured in stocks
(Acts 16:24).

Paul and Silas, who must have been extremely
exhausted because of the beating
and the stocks, did not sleep or
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groan or complain in prison. Rather,
Paul continued to meet Jews
they were “praying and singing
and God-fearers in his mission
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hymns to God” (Acts 16:25).
journeys. On the way, he was
Their fellow prisoners were
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confronted “by a slave girl who
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listening, and God also heard
had a spirit of divination and
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the
apostles. His answer was a
brought her owners much gain
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“great
earthquake” (Acts 16:26),
each week!
by fortune-telling” (Acts 16:16).
which
shook
the prison at midThe demon-possessed girl cries
night. The doors were opened; the
out that Paul and his companions
chains
were loosened. The jailer was
are “servants of the Most High God” (Acts
terrified,
fearing
that the prisoners had escaped
16:17). She also recognizes that they proclaim
and
he
would
be
held accountable. The only hon“the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). The girl’s
orable solution was suicide.
shouts correctly identified Paul and his mission.
Paul drove out the evil spirit in the name of Jesus
Christ. The spirits are obedient to Jesus for the
Lord alone brings redemption.

Commentary
Casting out the girl’s demon earned the hostility of her owners, who stirred up public resentment and official action against Paul and Silas.
The owners banked on anti-Jewish sentiment to
make good their revenge. Paul and Silas were
dragged “into the marketplace before the rulers” (Acts 16:19). The charges were promoting a
strange and illegal religion among Roman citizens.

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The voice of Paul reassured the jailer and
kept him from self-destruction. The jailer’s fear
of death became true fear of God, and he threw
himself in front of Paul and Silas: “Sirs, what
must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).
Paul answered that faith in Jesus as the Lord
is the way to salvation. The jailer and his family
believed and responded by washing and refreshing Paul and Silas. The apostle then baptized the
entire household, and together they rejoiced in
God’s mercy.

They used the events God allowed to happen as an opportunity to witness about Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Help us to trust that You are with us every day. We praise Him in both good and bad times. Amen. May we. but keep it brief. God helps us in all our good times and our bad times. In Jesus’ name. whether good or bad. 21 . lift our hearts in praise to You in our good and bad days as we tell of Your goodness. God gives us the opportunity to share His love. Have you ever been really sick? Did someone or something you love die? Have you had to move away from all your friends to another town? A personal story here would be good. What is the first reaction during difficult times? Many would ask why God let something like this happen to them or when all the bad feelings will go away.Seedlings Devotional Talks God Rescues through an Earthquake Lesson 12 Text: Acts 16:23–31 Hymn of the Day: Praise to the Lord. You’ll learn more about what Paul and Silas did in class today. LW 444. thank You for bringing us into Your family. Prayer: Dear good and powerful God. Paul and Silas used this situation to share God’s love for the others with them in prison. Because we know of God’s love and forgiveness. TLH 39. the Almighty (LSB 790. The Bible tells how two believers acted when they were faced with a very difficult situation. we can tell others by God’s power. They reacted in a way that is very different from how we might act. like Paul and Silas. and God promises to help us. AGPS 201) Visual Help: None Think of the most difficult times you have ever been through.

Acts 16:31 color Story Page 12 Growing in Christ® Early Childhood © 2007 Concordia Publishing House. Reproduced by permission. and you will be saved.God Rescues through an Earthquake Acts 16:20–34 Believe in the Lord Jesus. 105 . Scripture: ESV®.

Acts 16:31 color Story Page 12 Growing in Christ® Early Childhood © 2007 Concordia Publishing House. and you will be saved. Reproduced by permission.God Rescues through an Earthquake Acts 16:20–34 Believe in the Lord Jesus. 105 . Scripture: ESV®.

Acts 16:31 color Story Page 12 Growing in Christ® Early Childhood © 2007 Concordia Publishing House. Scripture: ESV®. Reproduced by permission. 105 . and you will be saved.God Rescues through an Earthquake Acts 16:20–34 Believe in the Lord Jesus.

” Take off the tape. Option: Glue two sticks to the back of the puzzle to turn it into a plaque. Turn over the square and draw a cross on it. masking tape. Place craft sticks in a row to make a square.Craft Guide Lesson 12: God Rescues through an Earthquake Puzzle Maker To Prepare: To make the puzzle. 82 . Add the words “Jesus saves. tape them together. Talk about how you. and put them together again. like Paul. mix up the sticks. and an envelope. Save the puzzle pieces in an envelope. markers. you will need craft sticks. can tell other people about Jesus.