Examining Paul/Saul & Jewish People In The Book Of ACTS
I was reading the book of ACTS a couple of weeks ago and the scriptures just opened up to me. It was as if I had never read them before. I usually hear how we Jews are “Christ killers” and “anti Christ”, the ‘Synogogue of satan’. Etc. Then the spirit of the Lord opened these passages and I was taken aback.
Many of the Jewish people came to believe that Jesus was the Messiah and believed because Paul/Saul was learned in the scriptures. Sure, many shunned and did not believe. How are we to handle this when it happens to us? We are to politely walk on and bless them. Simple to do.
ACTS 14: 1
- And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
ACTS 13: 4 & 42- 43
- 4 The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper…. THEN: Verse 42 As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath. 43 When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.
ACTS 17 Vs 1-4 & 10-12
- 17 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. 4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.
10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
ACTS 21 17-21
- 17 When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters received us warmly. 18 The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present. 19 Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law.….
So, which of the the Israeli people just did not believe in God’s only son? Romans and Jews. Why?
Because cities are secular.
Acts 13: 26 “Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. (specifically 27) 27 – For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
Dont PUSH people into God, non Jew or Jew.
Its not polite. It’s wrong.
But, understand that many Jewish people DID, in fact… believe in the Gospel.
So, the Jew haters are, as usual…