Paul and Silas had the courage to persevere and began to preach in the synagogue in Thessalonica. It was there that God gave them success, but then trouble begins.
Acts 17:4-6, Some of the ethnically Jewish people from the synagogue were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas. Even more devout Greeks who had affiliated with Judaism came to believe—along with quite a few of the city’s leading women. Seeing this movement growing, the unconvinced Jewish people became protective and angry. They found some ruffians hanging out in the marketplaces and convinced them to help start a riot. Soon a mob formed, and the whole city was seething with tension. The mob was going street by street, looking for Paul and Silas—who were nowhere to be found.
As Paul and Silas explained who Jesus was using the Jewish scriptures, many, but not all, believed. Those that didn’t believe were jealous and wanted to damage the group that did believe. But how to do that? Mob action. There will always be those who are willing to be part of a riot, especially for a price. This strategy worked 2000 years ago, and we still see it used today. The mob was out for blood as they searched for Paul and Silas but couldn’t find them. Scripture doesn’t give us an explanation, but I believe God was protecting them.
Don’t be surprised to find that there is still pushback from the enemy when the Gospel is preached. In fact, expect it. The enemy doesn’t give up territory easily. But we can be assured that God is still in control. Ps.2:2-4,The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one.“Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.
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