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Acts Chapter Seventeen part 2, A study of Acts 17:4 & 5a, Acts 17:5b - 7, Acts 17:8 & 9, and acts 17:10 - 12 with our Common Man's Commentary

Acts 17:4 & 5a

"Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women. But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city." NIV translation

We see that the result of Paul's preaching is pretty much the normal as he drew opposition. The Jewish leadership saw there power and authority shrinking (just as they did in Jesus' days on earth) and so they opposed him and tried to run him out of the city by starting riots. The sad truth is that in many ways this type of behavior has also crept into the "church" of today with congregations fighting over believers joining their assemblies instead of going out to reach the lost. Please, pray for this attitude to be removed from the "church".

Acts 17:5b - 7

"They rushed to Jason's house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials, shouting: 'These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.'" NIV translation

Since they could not find Paul and Silas, the mob grabbed Jason and other Christians and took them before the city officials. Then, they accused them of treason in hopes of eliminating the spread of the Truth. This is a pattern that occurs throughout history even to this day in that, if the facts do not support their opposition to the Gospel, Christians are accused of crimes such as treason and then they are persecuted.

Acts 17:8 & 9

"When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go." NIV translation

The jealous religious leaders were able to get the city in an uproar but it is interesting to note that they had to let Jason and the others go. This same situation happens in the world today. If you are walking as Jesus did, there will be opposition and jealousy but we can take comfort in the fact that God is with us just as He was with Jason and the others.

Acts 17:10 - 12

"As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men." NIV translation

So, Paul and Silas escape the turmoil in Thessalonica and the next stop is Berea. We can learn much about studying the Bible just from this passage. We see that they are described as "of more noble character" because of their daily study of the Bible. We also see that many of them came to believe and that shows the very power of the Word of God! If we, like the Bereans, search the Scriptures daily, we should expect that it will change our character and help us to be more like Jesus Christ.

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