Acts 16:35-17:9 – November 19, 2006

November 24, 2006 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

PAUL AND SILAS ARE RELEASED (verse 35-40) and CONVERTS AND CONFLICT IN THESSALONICA (verses 1-9)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) In verse 37, Paul states he is a Roman. I thought he was Jewish?

Q1 Answer) He is both.

Paul is a Roman citizen that is of Jewish heritage.

Q2) Why was Paul so bold about being a Roman after he was thrown into prison instead of before?

Q2 Answer) He might have showed fear.

We need to stop and think about this question for a bit. If he had said that he was a Roman before hand he would not have been beat nor thrown into jail. That might have been shown as weakness or that he was fearful of going through persecution to the new believers in Philippi. Being bold after he was beat and thrown in jail showed to the new believers boldness. Remember that this was not an ace up the sleeve of Paul. He did not mention that he was a Roman citizen to get anyone into trouble, instead he did it to show how he was innocent. Also it is amazing what Paul writes in Philippians 1:12-14, “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”

Did you catch what was the last part of that verse? If Paul had not been beat and gone to prison, the new boldness that the new converts have would not have been so. The new converts saw the chains on Paul and become bolder and had no fear about speaking to others about Jesus.

Q3) Why did the magistrates plead for Paul and Silas to leave the city?

Q3 Answer) This is a tough question and it is one that you must know about Roman cities back then.

In order for a Roman city to have any ability to take part in the transportation of goods and being able take part in commerce, the city had to have a charter from Rome. If a Roman citizen was beat or imprisoned unjustly, the charter could be revoked from the city. This shows that the magistrates of the city were more frightened of what Rome and Caeser would do and not of what God would do.

Q4) In Acts 17:1 Paul found something at Thessalonica not found at Philippi. What was it?

Q4 Answer) It was a synagogue.

So now Paul and Silas go into a city that has more than 10 Jewish men in it, since the city has a synagogue.

Q5) In verse 5, the Jews who do not believe become envious and attack the house of Jason. Is this the same type of spirit that Paul runs into in Lystra where he was jailed?

Q5 Answer) This is the trick question. Paul was jailed in Philippi and not Lystra.

Yes this is the same type of spirit. We went over this in a previous study that this is a religious spirit rooted in envy and pride.

Q6) Jason is persecuted and condemened for harboring fugitives. What do we know about Jason?

Q6 Answer) This is tough since there is not much written about Jason.

We do know that he is a new Christian and that he is persecuted for the name of Jesus. We also know that he is of Greek origin (Jason is a Greek name – remember the Greek myth of Jason and the argonauts?). One thing we discussed is that whenever the Bible mentions someone by name (for just a couple of verses) in the New Testament when they are of great help to the Lord or to those serving the Lord, it is because the people are hungry for more of God and are obedient to what God tells them to do.

CHALLENGE: Over this next week, read the book of Philippians while keeping in mind Paul’s first trip there. He was beaten, thrown in prison, and then kicked out of the city. What is different about this book now then when you previously read it?

Much discussion over how it is different now and that the love that Paul shows in his writting to those in Philippi and to the jailer even though he had suffered immensely in this city. He did not have a vendetta against anyone.

Paul and Silas travel in this study, so please use the following map:pauls-second-journey.gif

What three cities did Paul and Silas go to?

Verse 1 – Amphipolis – number 13 on the map

Verse 1 – Apollonia – number 14 on the map

Verse 1 – Thessalonica – number 15 on the map

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