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05/18/14 - Simon Magus Part 2


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Simon Magus Part 2
Acts 8:18-24

18Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 21You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.” 24And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
Acts 8:18-24 (ESV)

A Request by Simon
A Rebuke to Simon
A Response from Simon

1. A Request by Simon
18Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 8:18-19 (ESV)

Simon misunderstood that the giving of the Spirit was a gift.

2. A Rebuke to Simon
20But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 21You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”
Acts 8:20-23 (ESV)

The buying of church offices came to be known as simony.

“gall of bitterness” reveals one who is idolatrous at heart.

18Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the LORD our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, 19one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.
Deuteronomy 29:18-19 (ESV)

3. A Response from Simon
24And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
Acts 8:24 (ESV)

Simon did not pray for himself, but asked Peter to pray for him.

Six reasons Simon’s response is not positive:
A. The negative description of vs. 9-11
B. The fact that there is no object for his faith in vs. 13
C. His separate treatment from the Samaritans, including the motive of what drew him.
D. The desire to buy the gift in vs 18-19
E. The negative description in verse 23;
F. The failure to pray for himself as peter recommends

10There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 12for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (ESV)