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In Thessalonica September 28, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Acts 17:1-9.

Summary: In this passage, Paul and his companions traveled to Thessalonica. They entered the Jewish synagogue in that city on three Sabbath days and preached the Gospel message to those in attendance. Some Jews and Greeks accepted the Gospel message – yet many Jews rejected it and formed a mob, intending to arrest Paul and Silas. When they did not find them in Jason’s house, they hauled Jason and some other believers before the city officials and charged them with aiding seditionists.

Thoughts: Here, we see that the city officials in Thessalonica were influenced – to some extent – by the accusations of the Jews regarding Paul and Silas. Given the conduct of the city officials in Philippi in the previous passage, I wonder if low-level functionaries in the New Testament era ever resisted the rabble-rousers in their cities. Did they ever attempt to fulfill the responsibilities of their positions by conducting a thorough investigation of any accusations that they heard? Did the concept of “innocent before proven guilty” not exist in the Roman Empire? Did these functionaries comprehend the distinction between a political kingdom and a spiritual kingdom?

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