Today's reading stumped me. I read it over and over again. What was it trying to tell me? After about the third time of reading it something spoke to me. This is the glorious thing about scripture, it seems to always have something to say on a deeper level that is not obvious when one reads it quickly or the first time. There always seems to be a pertinent message.
The message of this passage for me revolves around the slave girl. This girl is proclaiming the truth about Paul and Silas although she is demon possessed. Why did a demon announce the truth about Paul and Silas? Why did it annoy Paul so much?
Satan, who is the father of lies, will declare the most important truths when these truths can serve his purpose. If Paul accepted the demon's proclamation, he would appear to be linking the gospel with demon related activities. This would severely damage his message about Christ. Much damage is done to the real servants of Christ by unholy and false preachers of the gospel - Paul could not let this demon damage his reputation and hamper his sharing the truth. Truth and evil do not mix.
Once again the Bible shows us an example of how tricky Satan can be. Paul taught people to believe in Jesus Christ, to forsake sin, and to live godly lives. Satan knew what Paul taught was the truth and he wanted to discredit Paul so others would not take him seriously. Thus Satan tried to link Paul, and thus his teaching, to a mystical fortune teller. Satan knew that if he could link Paul to this girl he would discredit both him and his message. Fortunately, Paul knew this too and now so do we.