Prayer: O God, guide us through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
A world turned upside down
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica learned that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Beroea as well, they came there too, to stir up and incite the crowds.
Boy, does Paul and his friends know how to stir up the pot. The Jews in Thessalonica were so upset that they traveled to the next town to have Paul and his troupe run on their way. The gospel sometimes has this effect on people. It has a way of turning one’s world upside down.
Change is often difficult. Churches going through transitions after the loss of a pastor is also a world turning event. It may not incite riots or violence, but people’s lives are changed and affected. Angry words can fly…some people may leave…misunderstandings abound. After all our church is part of our “identity” and changes in our identity can be painful. Our devotion writer tells us that “painful loss of Identity must be addressed before reconciliation can occur.”
Prayer: “When my world turns upside down, Lord, remind me that you alone set me on my proper axis. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Paul and Silas in Beroea
10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and when they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, including not a few Greek women and men of high standing. 13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica learned that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Beroea as well, they came there too, to stir up and incite the crowds. 14 Then the believers immediately sent Paul away to the coast, but Silas and Timothy remained behind. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and after receiving instructions to have Silas and Timothy join him as soon as possible, they left him.