4 5 6
23 24 25
26 27 28
Acts 17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia,
they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days
reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen
again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is
For three weeks Paul reasoned with them out of
There is little doubt Psalms 22 and Isaiah 53
4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of
the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them
certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set
all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought
to bring them out to the people.
The gospel, that is to say the good news, was
People were listening and believing.
6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren
unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world
upside down are come hither also;
They went to Jason's house looking for Paul and
Jews which believed not = Revelation 2:9 I know thy
works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I
know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not,
but are the synagogue of Satan.
7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of
Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
Paul and Silas were costing them money.
The people were listening to the Word of God,
not some possessed woman.
Paul and Silas weren't turning things upside
down as accused; they were setting things right
The wicked turned things upside down by
proclaiming good is evil and evil is good.
But God is going to turn them upside down.
8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they
heard these things.
9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto
Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were
Greeks, and of men, not a few.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God
was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up
14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to
the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a
commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed,
16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in
him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the
devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
Athens = Greece
Wholly = full idols
18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks,
encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some,
He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached
unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
Why is your cities full of idols
Disputed = was reasoning
19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we
know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
Resurrection = resurrection from the dead and
recover to the truth
They were accustomed to personify abstract
ideas, as victory, pity and they may have
thought that Jesus and the resurrection were two
One charge against Socrates was that of
introducing new divinities.
Babbler = Used of birds, and so applied to men
who gathered scraps of information from others
A setter forth = a proclaimer
Stranger = foreign = generally translation
stranger, ("man" understood), as in verse 21
gods = demons = translation = devils
20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know
therefore what these things mean.
May we know what this new doctrine
New = Matthew 9:17 Neither do men put new wine
into old bottles: else the bottles break, and
the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish:
but they put new wine into new bottles, and both
You can't say you worship God and then follow
21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their
time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
Strange = 1 Peter 4:4
4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same
excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of
Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
Look around today = they trying to push new
religion = 4th trumpet = they go as the world,
they don't study God's word, some listen to man
only, saying God wants us to all to be one happy
family and do what we want to do.
New things = newer things = the latest idea
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with
this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly
worship, him declare I unto you.
Too superstitious = more religiously than others
= compound of (to fear)
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is
Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Devotions = the objects of your worship
2 Thessalonians 2:4
Who opposeth and
exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
shewing himself that he is God.
Add = also
Unknown = Public calamities would suggest that
some god whom they could not identify must be
Declare = same as preach.
Note Paul's skilful use of local circumstances
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any
thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the
face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and
the bounds of their habitation;
God wants your love, can you think of anything
else God would ask of you?
If you love God, you'll try your best to follow
God's commandments and help others
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him,
and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
One blood = the text omit blood
The "one" here means either Adam or the dust of
which he was formed.
One = sometimes used for a certain man
All nations = every nation
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of
your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think
that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art
and man's device.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all
men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world
in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath
given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and
others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
33 So Paul departed from among them.
To Epicureans and Stoics alike a resurrection of
dead person was a madman's dream.
Only those whose "heart the Lord opened" same in
in verse 34, could receive it
34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was
Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with
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