Bible Study

Paul and His Brethren

April 29, 2017

I want to take some time to reflect on some amazing facts on the book of Acts, especially concerning Paul and his brethren. Those who took part in the first, early, church, had amazing adventures and seen the power of God move in the lives of many Jews and Gentiles. The apostle Paul had a wonderful intervention with Jesus, so much so, he immediately started preaching the Gospel. Though parts of Paul and Silas’ journey were positive, they faced many obstacles in the house of their brothers.

But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king—Jesus.” And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things. So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.   Acts 17:5-9

This abuse happened in a city called Thessalonica and many men and women were persuaded and received Jesus as Lord. Envy was the basis of the attacks they endured and this drove them to a place named Berea. The city of Berea is in the southwestern region of Macedonia.

Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.  Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.  But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds.  Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there.  So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed.  Acts 17:10-15

The revelation of this story is this, though Paul, Silas, and Timothy were doing a great work for God, it was stalled many times because of persecution. Many received and believed, while others did not. But even though many rejected the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the apostle Paul and his subjects not only continued in the faith, they continued working for JESUS (Yeshua)!

Therefore, don’t quit the assignment God gave you. Continue in the faith and with much persistence many blessings will come. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

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