The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
Acts 8:9-13 tells us of one Simon, not Simon Peter. This Simon is more commonly known as “Simon Magus” in history. He is a “magus,” a magician, who has been doing miracles. This doubtless brought him some level of fame and fortune.
When Simon Magus is confronted by the power of the true God through the works of Philip, he sees that something is different. He believes and is baptized, as are many men and women in the town.
The power of God at work is a strong testimony. It amazes me that we abandon our dependence on God’s gracious power, preferring to trust our own plans and goals. The power of God to rearrange our attitudes is something which is striking in every age and every place. May the Lord show his majesty among us.
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