THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 13:10-32 (26 OF 44)

by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 13:10-32 (26 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief,
[thou] child of the devil, [thou] enemy of all
righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the
right ways of the Lord?

Paul locked his eyes upon this wicked man and said the

1. O full of all subtilty and all mischief. You are
filled to the full with all kinds of deceit and guile,
as well as being filled with all kinds of cunning. So
we see here that this man was a deceiver and a cunning
man. It is also important to note here that Elymas
enjoyed some sort of profligate lifestyle. The word,
mischief, also speaks of one who loved of a lazy
effeminate life and who was a man without scruples.
The word also speaks of one who can easily deceive
others. His livelihood was at stake here and that's
one reason why he was so livid at Barnabas and Paul.
He tried with all of his might to make the gospel a
disgusting thing in the mind and heart of the
governor, but for his own interest, not for the good
of the governor. This evil man exercised sorcery and
power by the help and control of demons, which had led
him into all kinds of deception of others and
distortion of the truth. The occult is indeed
dangerous and from the devil. Just as a side note
here, this verse should end any discussion about
psychic lines, horoscopes and the like. These are all
works of the devil and any professing Christian
getting involved in these things is getting involved
in the works of the devil for his or her own life,
which in turn will affect the lives of those around

* Learn a lesson about false teachers. They get livid
and attack the credibility of the messenger and
message of God, not because they care for the people
they deceive, but to continue on in their profligate

2. You child of the devil. There's no question about
that, but there are many to ...

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