February 10, 2018: SOAP #2991:  Leviticus 13-14: Acts 17 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 17:1 When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 11 […]

February 10, 2018: SOAP #2991:  Leviticus 13-14: Acts 17

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 17:1 When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
11 Now the Bereans were of more noble characterfor they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  
17 So he reasoned in the synagogue [in Athens] with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the market-place day by day with those who happened to be there.

Observation:   In this chapter we read of Paul's ministry in three cities: Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens.   We read of Paul presenting, explaining, and defending the scriptures.   We read of rejection and many who accepted his message; Jews and Greeks, men and women.   But one thing seems to be missing:   miracles.   We read of no notable healings or miracles in these cities.

The success of Paul's ministry in these cities rested in the faithful presenting and defending the scriptures.   The Holy Spirit, who worked miracles through Paul in other cities, anointed Paul in presenting the Word of God.

Application:   I cannot over emphasize the importance of being familiar with God's Word, the scriptures, the Holy Bible.    The more I know the Bible, the more I know my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus.   The more I know the Bible, the more I make myself available to be used by the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:      Holly Spirit, use what I know of God's Word to minister to those around me today!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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