Acts 17:10-15      NIV

Acts 17:10-15      NIV

January 18, 2021 – Monday

Acts 17:10-15      NIV

10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 

11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 

12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. 

13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 

14 The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. 

15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.

Comment

Last posting we looked at verses 1-9 with Paul and Silas and others in Thessalonica. They were so successful other Jews were angered and rounded up a mob in an attempt to have vigilante justice against Paul and Silas. Not finding them, they brought some of their supporters – Jason and some other believers – who were charged with opposing Caesar’s decrees and had to post bond before they were let go.  Then, As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea to safety away from these Thessalonians.

Of course, what did Paul and Silas do when they got to Berea?  On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Next a pleasant surprise, Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. The Berean’s examination of the Scriptures bore great fruit when As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.

This was all good news until the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. This is amazing as the two cities were over 40 miles apart. The anger at the teaching of the gospel was so great opponents of it would travel 1 or 2 days to oppose it. They did not oppose in argument, but by trying to silence Paul and Silas, but it was too late. Those who had believed sought to protect Paul as The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.  Plus, Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.

One has wonder and ask, what was going on with this great opposition to the Good News of Jesus outside of Israel? Why this great opposition?  The Geneva Study Bible simply states, Satan has his who are zealous for him, and those who one would least suspect. In reality, there was simply no tolerance among the Jews for beliefs about Jesus that were contrary to what they believed. Paul said about them in 1 Thessalonians 2:15b-16a (NASB), They are not pleasing to God and hostile to all people, hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved.

Paul’s comments and the comment from The Geneva Study Bible make it clear those who continued to oppose Paul’s teaching on the Gospel of Jesus the Christ had the purpose of keeping people – Jews and Gentiles alike – from receiving salvation. For some this took the form of not wanting to hear anything different from what they believed prior to the Gospel and an unwillingness to change. The believers though, held their new belief close as they continued to protect Paul as well as they could. The example of the persecution of Paul did not dampen their faith as new believers.

Prayer: Heavenly Father – Let not my belief and faith be diminished by what I see happening to people of faith around the world and even actions taken against the church in my own country. – In Jesus name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton