The complaints of the Jews were political in nature. They accused Paul and Silas of causing unrest and starting riots all over the world. (An accuser is guilty of the very thing of which he accuses others.) Furthermore, they said that Paul was promoting another King, one Jesus, who would take the place of King Caesar. Of
course, the Jews did not care one bit about Caesar or any of his decrees. After Jason and another brother posted bond, the officials let them go. Jason and his friends are to be commended here. For their willingness to protect Paul and Silas, they became targets of the wrath of the Adversary. Probably Jason suffered property damage when the mob attacked his home, and he probably paid a very high fine to the city. Now Paul and company will depart immediately under the cover of night, and go to Berea (17:10).
Paul Stays in Contact With His New Converts
Paul had started a large church in Thessalonica in less than one month, but he had to leave immediately. From here, he went to Berea, then Athens, and then on to Corinth. While in Athens, he had a tremendous burden for the new Thessalonian believers. Therefore, he sent his son Timothy back to
Thessalonica to know their state:
I Thessalonians 3:1-7 - “Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow labourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. [Paul did not preach a prosperity gospel.] For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain. But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith.”
Paul quickly checked on these converts, sending Timothy unto them because he did not want them to be tempted by Satan and give up. After sending Timothy from Athens, Paul went on to Corinth. While in Corinth, Timothy returned from Thessalonica with a good report. Then Paul wrote his two epistles to the Thessalonians from Corinth. First Thessalonians was his first inspired letter.
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