17:10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
17:11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
Recently I have been writing on a very controversial subject…that of the Jews…I have been called Ant-Semitic, racist, ‘Jew hater’ and many other derogatory names; all because I have questioned the validity of the ‘Jewish’ nation, in present day Israel, who refer to themselves as Jews; but should someone else (a Goyim or a Gentile) call them a Jew, then out comes the race card…and its color is red.
I would never put a name to myself like ‘Apostle’ or ‘Prophet’; but one thing I can tell you without fear of contradiction, is that I have a pretty good idea now of how the Prophets of the OT and the Apostles of the NT where treated by the Jews.
Let us pause for a moment and go back to when Jesus first sent His Disciples out to preach the Word and prepare a way for Him… LUKE 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
10:2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
10:3 “Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.
Jesus had made it abundantly clear that they were to go ONLY to the lost sheep of the house of Israel… MT 10:6 “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. So He must have been referring to the Israelites (Jews) as wolves in Luke10:3…
Did Jesus tell them to go out and buy new clothes, and the best donkeys available so that they would be seen as being successful preachers? No of course He didn’t…This is in fact what He told them….10:4 “Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.
10:5 “But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’
10:6 “And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.
10:7 “And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.
Jesus tells them to stay in one particular house, and not go from door to door. The Jehovah’s Witnesses should read this passage.
10:8 “Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.
10:9 “And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
Jesus now says something truly amazing
10:10 “But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,
10:11 ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’
10:12 “But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.
History records that this prophecy was fulfilled in AD 70 in the siege of Jerusalem and its destruction and the destruction of many other cities in Israel…
Professing Christians will just not come to grips with the fact that Jesus did everything humanly possible to preach to the Jews of His Kingdom…but they not only rejected Him… they crucified Him. John1:11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
The lesson I have gleaned from these passage is very simple …there are those who are prepared to listen as ‘Sons of peace’ and there are those who simply will not. There where Jews in Israel who where waiting for the Messiah to come and were ‘the son’s of peace’ … Simeon was a prize example… LUKE 2:25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. But the majority were interested only in being released from the grips of Roman occupation.
All I have ever asked of my readers is to act as Bereans …ACTS 17:11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
There is a frightening warning from God; and we should all take fearful notice of it …
EZEK 3:18 “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.