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September 24, 2009 at 9:29 am | Posted in Acts | 5 Comments
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From Thessalonica the Apostle Paul and his missionary team went to Berea.

And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Acts 17:10-11

These were people who met daily to study the Scriptures. They must have almost been an easy “slam-dunk” for the Apostle Paul in terms of making converts, since his practice was to always use the Bible to witness in the synagogues.

In the meantime, Satan was using Jews from Thessalonica to continue to hound Paul in Berea.

But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.

Acts 17:13

Satan must have thought he was accomplishing something by at least keeping Paul constantly on the move – but that was exactly what God wanted.

In Athens Paul encountered a city of idolatry, novelty, and philosophy. The Athenians were so open-minded that it was as if their brains had fallen out.

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

Acts 17:16

Paul had another “paroxysm” – a fit. He seemed to be caught between Epicureans, whose theme was “enjoy life,” and Stoics, whose theme was “endure life.” He went to the synagogues and the marketplace. He was mocked and ridiculed.

Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

Acts 17:22

When Paul was invited to speak on Mars Hill he proclaimed that God is great.

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Acts 17:24

Then he proclaimed that God is good.

Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Acts 17:25

Then he proclaimed that God governs.

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Acts 17:26

Then he proclaimed the grace of God.

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Acts 17:30-31

Some rejected the message, some wanted to hear more, and a small group was saved.


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