So last week I was getting ready to give Saul what for because you said Philip wasn’t going to do it.
And you keep telling me I won’t have to.
I don’t get it.
Philip is doing other things and I need to do other things to?
What do you mean like listening?
Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is the divine power known as the Great Power.”They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
Did you say magic?
Can he conjure up some treats for me?
Yes, I’ll listen.
But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
So does that mean that God’s power is greater than a sorcerer’s power?
I get it now.
I need to ask God for treats.
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
Peter and John!
I bet they’d give me some fish if I went fishing with them.
I am too listening.
When Peter and John arrived they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
Do you think it would work if I placed my paws on them?
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostle’s hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
Peter answered, “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!”
What about treats?
Okay, I’m listening.
Peter continued, “You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.
Okay. Never mind the treats.
I’m praying now.
Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.
Hey Peter, will you pray for me too?
And then give me some fish?
When they had testified and proclaimed the word of the Lord, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many Samaritan villages.
Did I learn something in this story?
Yeah. Don’t offer money for what you can get with prayer.
God might send treats and fish for free.