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As they traveled, the Holy Spirit would guide them and tell them where to go next. One night while they were at Troas (TRO az), Paul had a vision. A man from Macedonia (mass uh DOAN ee uh) was begging him to come over to Macedonia to help them. The Spirit was guiding them agai
Immediately they got ready and left. It was a long trip by ship from Troas to Macedonia. They arrived at Philippi (FILL uh pie), which was a Roman colony and one of the largest cities in Macedonia.
They stayed several days. Then they heard that a group of people met by the river to worship on the Sabbath day, so they went outside the city gate to the meeting place.
They sat down and began to speak to the women who were gathered there to pray. One of them was a woman named Lydia who was from the city of Thyatira (thigh uh TIRE uh), which was in a district east of Macedonia. She was a dealer who sold purple cloth.
Purple cloth was very expensive. The reason it was so costly was that it was difficult to make. The dye for the cloth came from a shellfish. The juice was white while it was in the veins of the fish, but when it was exposed to the sun, the liquid changed into bright purple and red colors. It took a lot of work to catch enough shellfish to dye even one garment.
The beautiful cloth was mainly used by members of the royal families and Roman senators who were required to have a purple band around the edge of their togas, or robes.
As Paul preached, the Lord opened the heart of Lydia to receive the message about Jesus. She believed his words and responded to the teaching. She and the members of her household were baptized.
We don't know if she was married, or single, or a widow. She probably had people working for her in her business since she was a merchant.
She told the men if they considered her a believer in the Lord, she would like for them to come and stay at her house. Evidently she had plenty of room to accomodate the four of them; Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke was with them also. She continued to urge them and they accepted her invitation and stayed at her house.
Lydia is an inspiration to girls and young women even today. She was a "go-getter", a business woman able to manage money and a business.
In addition, she was a religious person, intent on worshiping God. She had a good heart which she opened to the truth.
What about you? Are you lazy, or are you a hard worker? Are you willing to put forth the effort to study and become successful? If you are this kind of person, you will have a happy life, and also you will be a blessing to others.
Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Acts 16:13-15 13) On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14) One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message. 15) When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. "If you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.
To trace Paul's journey, start at #9, Troas and go to #12, Philippi.
Look outward and be distressed,
Look inward and be depressed,
Look upward and be Blessed in His rest.
Who was Lydia
A prosperous businesswomen of the city of Thyatira who became a convert to Christianity after hearing the apostle Paul speak. Thyatira was noted for its "purple" its beautifully dyed cloth. Lydia, who lived in Philippi, sold dyes or dyed goods from as far away as Thyatira. Already a worshiper of God, the usual designation for a Proselyte to Judaism, Lydia believed the gospel when Paul preached in Philippi. She became the first convert to Christianity in Macedonia and, in fact, in all of Europe. Lydia is a good example for Christians in the business world today. A devout Christian and a conscientious businesswomen, she used her work to help further God's purpose.