But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.” But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.” The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. So they went out of the prison and visited Lydia. And when they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.
by: Lisa Moore.
In the verses immediately preceding these, Paul and Silas’ jailer received the Gospel, washed their wounds, took them to his home, and gave them food. Paul and Silas received hospitality from a most unlikely source. When they were released by the chief magistrates, they immediately went to the home of Lydia where the brethren were. Both the jailer and Lydia opened their hearts and their homes to these men of God. God is not interested in how fancy your home is or the desirability of its location. He wants us to use whatever we have to help others in their time of need to further the Gospel.