Jealousy Causes More Trouble for Paul
Here we see the problem of jealousy again and the power of the tongue to stir up trouble. The jealous Jews heard that Paul was preaching in Berea. Therefore, they came from Thessalonica and “evil affected” the minds of the people against Paul (cf.14:12). Jealousy is God's curse to the backslider. This spirit vexes those who know the truth but will not walk in it. It is a judgment (Rom.10:19-21). Soon after this Paul wrote to the Thessalonians and said the Jews “please not God, and are contrary to all men” (see 1 Thes. 2:14-15).
Immediately the brethren sent Paul to the sea where he sailed to Athens. Meanwhile, Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea to help establish the new believers. Paul was the main target of Satan. He had to escape, but Silas and Timothy were able to stay in Berea. Here is one advantage of having companions when you travel. Sometimes your companion is better accepted and it is more preferable for him to preach than yourself. Have the grace to sit down and let another preach.
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