Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 38

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

 

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!

If you have missed any of the discussions you can find them at

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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.

Acts 17:1-9

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?

 

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6 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 38

  1. I cannot speak for what he may have expected or felt, but I can say that I always like to think that if I was in that situation, or in Peter’s situation when He denied Christ, or any situation that could cause me to lose everything for Christ that I would stand bravely against the adversary; I guess you can never tell what you would do until it happens, but I pray I would stand strong. Great questions!! A nice way to end my Sunday evening. 🙂 Have a great week!!

    • I do suppose that is true Skye. My reactions in certain situations are far different sometimes than I would imagine. I know though that preparing my heart on a daily basis to respond in and with His presence helps to keep me sanctified through the most difficult circumstances. It is in those moments when I let down my guard that I find myself having disappointing reactions. Oh how I need to cultivate His presence in my life before a trial ever comes!

      • I feel like the trials come every day in my life. Temptations that I need to say, “No, I know Him. I am living for Him.” Even if I am just saying them in my own mind, I am still saying it….practice for when the big trials come. I think, in my own personal opinion, that you are preparing yourself well.

      • Thanks Skye. I think understanding that we must prepare is more than half the battle. God has called us to clothe ourselves in armor and part of that is understanding that we do have an enemy who is going to at some point strike out at us.

  2. I believe Jason did expect trouble how could he not. I’m sure Paul informed him and the other believers of what Jesus told the disciples in John 16:33(NIV) …”In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I think Jason did expect this amount of trouble, in fact, maybe he was even a little relieved with the punishment because he did not get flogged as Paul had in the past for his beliefs. I can definitely say yes that I would have expected trouble but I am going on hindsight. My life now has trouble because of my beliefs in Christ but of course, nothing like Jason or Paul had. The temptation Jason probably faced was to denounce his belief in Christ because of the trouble he faced. The take home lesson I think is to be strong in the Lord and He will see you through your times of trouble.

    • Amen! Like you Deb I think Jason expected some attack for his faith. Still I know that even though I give mental assent to the fact that my faith will bring persecution when it happens I still find myself somewhat flabbergasted.

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