Tags

, , , , ,

The circumcision question is resolved in a meeting in Jerusalem; Barnabas goes to Cyprus, and Paul goes to Syria and Cilicia, visiting Derbe, Lystra, Phrygia, Galatia, then Pilippi in Macedonia, where he’s imprisoned with Silas, before going to Thessalonica (for only a few weeks), Berea, Athens and Corinth: Acts 15–18:17

Paul and Silas had just left Thessaloníca after evading a house-to-house search. The next stop, Berea, looked more promising for a while:

Acts 17:11-12And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.

But not for long. Once again, Paul was run out of town when someone stirred up trouble:

Acts 17:13-15 But when some Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God in Berea, they went there and stirred up trouble. The believers acted at once, sending Paul on to the coast, while Silas and Timothy remained behind. Those escorting Paul went with him all the way to Athens; then they returned to Berea with instructions for Silas and Timothy to hurry and join him.

The Bereans are often held up as the example we should all aspire to: hear the word, then search the scriptures to see if it’s true. It must have worked because the Bereans are one of the few churches who were not corrected later in a letter from Paul (or, at least, there was no surviving letter).

Even so, the Beareans who were converted must have been without influence in the city”: their response to trouble was to get Paul out of town instantly rather than argue back.

Advertisements