Post by John on Sept 3, 2020 7:54:02 GMT -5
This is a man that most will not know immediately. He was an evil man that the Lord used to bring another person to faith in Christ. The only thing we really know is that he was was a sorcerer. He was a false prophet and was Jewish. In addition to the name Barjesus, he is also known as Elymas, which means "a wizard." This is a man who uses magical powers to deceive people. These powers come from Satan. We read about him one time in the book of Acts.
There was a deputy of the country by the name of Sergius Paulus, and he called for Barnabas and Saul, because he wanted to hear the word of God. Berjesus was with Sergius Paulus. The Bible never says what his business was with him, but he happened to be in his company when Barnabas and Saul arrived. Barjesus withstood them, doing his best to keep Sergius Paulus from believing the message of the gospel, which led Saul (the Apostle Paul), to strike him with blindness. We read this in Acts 13:9-11.
Then Saul (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 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? And 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.
The Bible says that as a result of what happened to Barjesus, Sergius Paulus "believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord." This shows how God can use a bad person to accomplish His will.
I have always wondered what, if any effect, this temporary blindness had on Barjesus. Once he regained his sight, did he remain a sorcerer, or did he convert to Christianity? The Bible never says, but he will go down in history as an adversary to God, not a friend of the Lord.