Acts 17:10-21 – November 26, 2006

November 26, 2006 at 9:21 pm Leave a comment

MORE CONFLICT IN BEREA (verses 10-15) and DISTRESS AND DEBATE AT ATHENS – PART 1 (verse 16-21)

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) What can we learn from the Bereans in verse 11?

Q1 Answer) They searched the Scriptures and were fair-minded.

Above and beyond this, those in Berea were eager and hungry for the things of God. The received the things of the Lord but also searched the Scriptures DAILY to find out if everything that was taught to them was true and sound.

Q2) In verse 14, why did the brethern send only Paul away?

Q2 Answer) They feared for his life.

We discussed that Paul was more outspoken then the other two (Timothy and Silas) were. Do to this outspokenness those in Berea feared for Paul when the Jews from Thessalonica came to Berea. Remember that this was not a simple 2 hour drive from Thessalonica to Berea, this was a long walk so these people form Thessalonica were outraged at Paul.

Q3) In verse 17 Paul resons with those in the synagogue and in the marketplaces. What did Paul reason (or tell) to the people?

Q3 Answer) The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We have mentioned this in previous studies, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ is His death, burial, and resurrection. Nothing more was reasoned or told to the people.

Q4) This will require some research. What did the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers believe?

Q4 Answer) Epicurean thought themselves as gods. Stoic thought they were as good or equal to God.

A bit of discussion on this. The Bible clearly mentions these two modes of philosophy that was prevelant in Athens. The Epicurean main attitude was that of indulgence. This is where the hedonistic attitude that we have today in America stems from. The Stoic attitude is that of striving for godhood and that of the New Age attitudes stems from this philosophy. Remember these two modes of philosophy because it will be brought back up in question 6.

Q5) In verse 19, what is the Roman Coliseum?

Q5 Answer) This is a trick question. In verse 19 it talks about the Areopagus.

This was a place where all the philosophers and heads of the city met to talk about new philosophies and other things. This was mainly done by men.

Q6) In what ways are the world and certain institutions like verse 21?

Q6 Answer) The key to this question is to understand verse 21 and the two main types of philosophies going on at Athens.

In verse 21 it is mentioned that Athenians mainly wanted to tell or hear something new at all times. The two philsophies are exactly the type of philosophies that are being taught in American universities and colleges today. Along with whatever new style of thinking comes along, to ride that horse until it is dead or until a new fad comes along, that is the society of America in a nutshell. These two types of philosophies are not accidentally listed in Acts. The Lord knew that these would be the general attitudes that most of the nations would have 2000 years later. This shows that human kind has not changed in 2000 years, but is still in need of a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus Christ.

CHALLENGE: We see that Paul was in Thessalonica for Acts 17:1-9, which is not a log of Scripture, though there was a major conflict. In Acts 18, when Paul is in Corinth, he writes I Thesssalonians. Read the book, remembering how Paul was persecuted there.

We went to I Thessalonians and read 2:1-3 and also 2:13-14. I Thessalonians 2:1-3 states, “For you yourselves know, brethern, that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit.”

I Thessalonians 2:13-14 states, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did form the Judeans.”

WOW, that is powerful that Paul tells them that he thanks God without ceasing because they received the word of God in truth, even though they were persecuted and suffered by their own countrymen. The more you understand Acts and the order that Paul went through things, the more the epistles that he wrote to these churches come alive.

Paul travels in this study, so please use the following map:

pauls-second-journey.gif

What two places on the map does Paul go to?

Verse 10 – Berea – number 16 on the map.

Verse 15 – Athens – number 17 on the map.

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