Acts Chapter Seventeen part 3, A study of Acts 17:13, Acts 17:14 & 15, and Acts 17:16 & 17 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Acts 17:13

"When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up." NIV translation

We see here that the jealous Jewish leaders in Thessalonica were not content to get him out of their city but even followed him to Berea in hopes of running him out of there as well. It is kinda funny here as they are basically doing the same thing that Paul (Saul) did before he accepted Christ. Now, it has come full circle and Paul is the one being chased for his faith. The same type of thing happens in many places today and, in fact, we are told, in Revelation, that we should expect even more persecution as the end days approach.

Acts 17:14 & 15

"The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible." NIV translation

We are told here that the jealous religious leaders were successful in getting Paul to leave Berea but Silas and Timothy stayed there for a period of time.

This is a very good reminder of why it is important to teach those that God brings alongside us in ministry to carry on without us.  

Even after Paul was driven out, we can be sure that Silas and Timothy continued to strengthen the new Christians in Berea. It should always be about the Message and not the messenger!

Acts 17:16 & 17

"While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there." NIV translation

Paul wasn't just kicking back waiting on the others to arrive. We see that he was hurt by the fact that the city was full of idols and he felt that it was his duty to tell them about the one true God. As was his pattern, he went and spoke in the local synagogue but we see that he also shared in the marketplace. This passage can remind us that we are to take our faith out into the world and to share it with whomever God places in our path. That is what Jesus did and what Paul did in Athens.

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