So far we have had 38 spiritual discussions from the Book of Acts. The book is designed to help us understand the way the Holy Spirit worked in the life of the church at its conception ( the church’s that is since the Holy Spirit being God is without beginning or end). The hope is that being coming to an understanding of how He moved then we can better understand what we should expect of His move now!
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Now on to today’s discussion…
Paul Preaches in Thessalonica
17 Paul and Silas then traveled through the towns of Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row he used the Scriptures to reason with the people. 3 He explained the prophecies and proved that the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead. He said, “This Jesus I’m telling you about is the Messiah.” 4 Some of the Jews who listened were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with many God-fearing Greek men and quite a few prominent women.
5 But some of the Jews were jealous, so they gathered some troublemakers from the marketplace to form a mob and start a riot. They attacked the home of Jason, searching for Paul and Silas so they could drag them out to the crowd.6 Not finding them there, they dragged out Jason and some of the other believers instead and took them before the city council. “Paul and Silas have caused trouble all over the world,” they shouted, “and now they are here disturbing our city, too. 7 And Jason has welcomed them into his home. They are all guilty of treason against Caesar, for they profess allegiance to another king, named Jesus.”
8 The people of the city, as well as the city council, were thrown into turmoil by these reports. 9 So the officials forced Jason and the other believers to post bond, and then they released them.
It is one thing when the choices you make cause you trouble, but it is another thing when the choices of others cause you problems. Jason was only guilty of opening his home to the preacher and apostle Paul. Do you think he expected as much trouble as he got? Would you have expected it if you were him? What temptations do you think Jason faced after his arrest? What lessons can we learn from Jason’s experience?