2. The Jews responds to Paul’s story - v. 21-24
So curious were the Jews that they wanted to have Paul talk about this “new sect,” they made time to see him to talk in depth with him about his beliefs. While spending all day and until evening sharing the Gospel with them, only a few believed in what Paul spoke about but the others did not. It looks like the others argued with each other about what to believe or not.
I find it interesting that these Jews wanted time with Paul to hear his side. While listening to him as long as they did, there was a moment of decision that they had, to believe Paul or not to believe him. Verses 25-27 were part of that discussion before they made their decision. Paul quoted Isaiah regarding people not understanding or perceiving because of their calloused hearts. They had eyes that were blind and ears that were deaf to the Word of God. It is then that the Jews who had heard him all day finally said they would not believe, even though some did.
Friends, people need to hear the Gospel before they can properly accept it or deny it. Our mission is given to us by the Holy Spirit and that is to go and tell, proclaim, share and show the love of God in Christ for all people and relay that they need a Savior to forgive them from their sin. You and I needed that once. We needed someone to tell us that we were lost and needed a Savior that would forgive our sin.
When I was 10, someone relayed to me that I needed a Savior because I was a sinner and lost and if I did not receive Him, I would not go to heaven without Jesus as my Savior and Lord.
That is what Paul did that day when he shared the love of Christ and His mission, with the Jews. Some believed and some did not. When we hear about Jesus we are free to believe the truth or to refuse it. What Paul was doing was sharing the love of God with the Jews who were afraid of this new “religion” that might change their whole life. Paul loved them enough to share with them even though most of them chose not to accept his message of love and forgiveness.