Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Acts 18:5-8

5When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.

6But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles."

7Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titus Justus, a worshiper of God.

8Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.


Paul labored both physically and spiritually, I can only imagine what welcome relief he received when Silas and Timothy arrived. It had to have been a joyful time when Paul, Silas, Timothy, Priscilla & Aquila all shared the encouraging news about what God was doing in the local churches they were establishing. We all need support and encouragement in the work of the Lord's church.

v.5 tells us that with the arrival of Silas & Timothy, Paul would not have to work daily with his hands anymore, and could pursue his preaching with greater vigor. Consider Paul's regular visits to the synagogues to preach, he had to be very careful about his approach to his different audiences. He must have spent considerable time in preparation and leaned solely on the power of the Holy Spirit to guide him. He became the vessel through which the Jews & Gentiles heard the message.

As well as he could be prepared, he still had adversity, and he was prepared for that also. Ezekiel 3:18 & 33:8 record the same message. "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die, and you do not speak to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will be saved yourself."

v. 6 When things got heated up at the synagogue, Paul shook out his clothes in front of the Jews and moved right next door to the "leader of the synagogue's" home to continue preaching & converted the top man & his family. I am sure the Jews were infuriated AGAIN.

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