Acts, Daring Faith in Action, Devotional, New Testament

Acts 17:10-15 (Daring Faith in Action Devotional)

10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Acts 17:10-15

No Dead End

When a door is closed, God always prepares another door for us.  Paul was forced out of Thessalonica, and he went to Berea, which is about 2 days’ walk from Thessalonica.  You may expect Paul may be experiencing the same treatment he has received in Thessalonica, but the people here are better prepared to receive God’s words.

Power of God’s Word

In Berea, Paul again led a Bible study, many believed.  I have mentioned in the previous paragraph it was the custom of Paul to go to synagogue to share the Bible; he used this method because God’s word is very powerful.  Today, it may appear that people are less interested in God’s word, but I encourage you to be proficient in God’s word and use it in sharing your belief with others.

Woman Believers

Pharisees, Paul was one of them, usually did not like to contact women.  But Paul understood God’s heart, and he also reached out to women.  Today, most churches have more woman believers than man believers, thank God that man and woman are equal in His sight, and Paul did reach out to women. Otherwise, many churches may lose more than half of their congregation.

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