Why the Uproar? (Acts 17:1-18:18)

13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. Acts 17:13

Over the past few weeks our nation has been characterized by the media as a nation that is divided by many different things.  Each evening it seemed as if the media amplified the number of protests in major cities.  The tag line for each of those protests was simple, “people are afraid of what is coming in the new administration.”

However, a deeper and a more detailed look reveals a much different tag line.

It was the same way in Paul’s day.  Acts 17-18 chronicle a series of uproars:

  • In Thessalonica a mob formed to set the city in uproar, 17:1-10.
  • In Berea agitation again stirred up the crowds, 17:11-15.
  • In Athens the intellectual crowd gathered, 17:16-21.
  • In Corinth a crowd tried to destroy Paul, 18:1-18.

What was the tag line?  “Jealously, hate, religion, and Satanic direction.”

In each of these places Paul was simply proclaiming the gospel.  We see a clear presentation in Athens where Paul lifts up our Creator, who is Sovereign over the affairs of men, and who is the giver of life.  He is the God who will judge the world at His return.

Brothers and sisters, the answer for the uproar in our land and in every land is Jesus!!!  The gospel is the only remedy for our jealously, hate, religion, and Satanic direction.

Yes, I admit it is not easy to face the uproar and those who fuel it.  But we are called to do so with the assurance of God’s presence with us, Acts 18:9-10

And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” 

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