Acts 16:29, 30
Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,…
Then he called for a light, etc. The significance of the jailor's case, as a Roman, and almost instantaneously converted, as illustrating the comparative religious freedom of a Roman colony, the openness of the Gentile mind to impression, the yearning of the heart after a true religion prevailing at that time in the better class of people.
I. AWAKENED ANXIETY.
1. A realization of personal dangers and need.
2. A forsaking of all other refuges.
3. An appeal for help to those who, by their confidence and peace, showed that they had a better hope.
II. SINGLE-MINDED INQUIRY.
1. Different from mere curiosity or speculation.
2. Ready humbly to wait for brotherly sympathy and direction.
3. Casting the will as well as the mind on the truth. "What must I do?"
III. RISING FAITH.
1. Salvation possible, therefore sought after.
2. Self-surrender at the feet of the messenger, as expressing desire for the message.
3. Doubtless "the way of salvation," of which the city bad heard, was something definitely before his mind as something to be found. Why is not such earnestness universal? - R.
Parallel VersesKJV: Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,