Paul, Silas, Timothy and Luke continue on. In Thessalonica, they visited a synagogue of the Jews where Paul reasons with them for three Sabbaths. Some Jews believed as did many devout Greeks and a lot of leading women. The unbelieving Jews were jealous and gathered a mob. Since they couldn’t find Paul they grabbed Jason and some other followers.
Upon presenting these men before the city leaders they actually paid Paul and the other Christ followers a great compliment: “these men who have turned the world upside down have come here also”. Jason was accused of harboring these men and had to but down bail in order to be let go.
The brothers sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. Of course sneaking them out of town does not equate to them keeping a low profile. In Berea they end up preaching in the synagogue there. The Bereans received the message with eagerness. They were the “first” Christian studiers – searching the Scriptures to see if what was taught was true. Many came to Christ – Jews, Greek women and men.
Of course the news spread and soon the angry Thessalonians come to stir up the crowds against Paul. Time to jet again – so Paul was sent away for his own safety – all the way to Athens. Silas and Timothy stayed behind but Paul sent word for them to come to be with him as soon as possible.
I’m impressed with the number of leading women who are mentioned in the Gentile culture. They apparently have great standing and influence in their communities but more importantly, they are spiritually open.
Secondly the Bereans have become the community we seek to emulate because they checked out the Scriptures even when their teacher was Paul!
God is no respecter of persons and the Gospel is for anyone – Jew or Gentile, male or female.
What am I doing to turn the world upside down for Jesus?
About the World?
All are welcomed to hear the truth.