July 8 – Acts 17:10-15

July 8 – Acts 17:10-15

Paul and Silas in Berea

10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. 12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.

13 But when some Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God in Berea, they went there and stirred up trouble. 14 The believers acted at once, sending Paul on to the coast, while Silas and Timothy remained behind. 15 Those escorting Paul went with him all the way to Athens; then they returned to Berea with instructions for Silas and Timothy to hurry and join him.

Acts 17:10-15 (NLT)

One Comment

    Jason Parsons

    I’ve never pondered about why people would care so much about Paul spreading Christianity outside of their cities and towns. I would think, especially in an era where there were no radios or newspapers let alone no 24-hour news cycle, that people cared about what happened in their city only. But Berea was about 50 miles away from Thessalonica (a two-day journey in the first century). And these people came with the intent to stir up trouble. Why was this? We know that Paul was so zealous he went to destroy Christianity in Damascus. But in Macedonia (modern day Balkans) we are far removed from the Promised Land and the center of the Jewish world and the most radical following of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible). Was the Jewish faith in a radicalization process during this century? Were Jewish people so afraid of Paul’s persuasiveness that they felt to honor their God they had to do something? Was this spiritual forces of darkness that were compelling these people to go and rid the world of people who follow Jesus? I don’t know the answer. But it’s mind blowing that people care so much about taking this guy down that they go to really extreme lengths.

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