In Thessalonica, Paul and Silas continue to advance the gospel and further the kingdom of God, fulfilling the great commission as missionaries. But, as in most cases, some chose not to believe.
“5 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.” (Acts 17:5)
Some Jews denied the truth about the life, death and resurrection of the Christ. As such, their hearts filled with hatred, they gathered the worst class of thugs from the city’s marketplace to aid in the capture and punishment of Paul and Silas, whom they considered wrong doers.
“6 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. 7 Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king—Jesus.” (Acts 17:6-7)
Paul and Silas were not present when the Jews and Thessalonian thugs sought them out at Jason’s house, where they had been staying for a time. Determined to punish anyone they could within the Christian faith, the brood of vipers accused Jason and some fellow believers of causing an uproar among the people by preaching of another king but Caesar, a violation of Roman law.
“8 And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things. 9 So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.” (Acts 17:8-9)
Because having another king other than Caesar was unlawful and regarded as disloyal, the crowd and Thessalonian rulers took offense to Jason’s and his fellow believers’ actions, in spite of the fact it was Paul and Silas who were responsible for the uproar.
When they had received assurance that Roman law would not be broken, the city’s rulers set Jason and the brethren free. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre