The Astonishment of Sorcery

I assume that Simon was sincere when he became a Christian. When Philip preached Christ, performed miracles, and expelled unclean spirits, the Great Sorcerer of Samaria knew this was for real. One greater than he was had arrived.

“But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, ‘This man is the great power of God.’ And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time” (Acts 8:9-11, NKJV).

Simon saw his followers abandon him. He, too, was baptized and “continued with Philip,” which leaves us to believe he stuck to Philip. Perhaps he could appreciate better than the multitude what was being done. Continue reading “The Astonishment of Sorcery”