A curse causeless will never stand. This means that some wrong choices we make can trigger curses over our lives. There are several people in the Bible who received curses upon their lives because of their wrong actions and sin. For example, Elisha's servant Gehazi, Miriam the sister of Moses, Annanias and Sapphira, among others.
Men set apart by God
There are men set apart and ordained by God. These are people who have been divinely appointed and certain authority and anointing has been aportioned them to make them effective in their area of calling and ministry. Apostle Paul was such kind of a person. By the grace of God, Paul was able to preach the gospel in a powerful way.
The Instrument of God for the propagation of the Gospel
Although he once opposed the message of the cross, Paul eventually became the one to defend it. On account of him, Jesus testified in Acts 9:15-16, "This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
Paul actually suffered for the sake of the gospel. He narrates his ordeal when he says that he was flogged, jailed, attacked by animals on his mission of spreading the gospel (2 Corinthians 11:22-29). This means that he had every reason to defend the gospel. No wonder he wouldn't tolerate the man who tried to be a hindrance to another man's knowledge of the truth.
The plight of Elymas
Elymas was also referred to as Bar-Jesus. He misled the proconsul. In addition, he opposed Paul and his fellow missionaries because he viewed them as a threat to his relationship with the proconsul (a high-ranking official in the Roman rule). Enraged by his actions, Paul pronounced a curse upon him that took effect immediately. As a result, Elymas became blind.
Acts 13:8-12 (KJV)
8But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
10And 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? 11And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
What can we learn from this incident?
1. It is wrong to oppose the servants of God and the word of God.
2. We should not leverage on the weaknesses of others for selfish gain.
3. Miracles can help draw souls to Christ.
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