- Acts 17:6-10
- Acts 17:6 (KJB)
- And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain
brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the
world upside down are come hither also;
- Drew - Dragged
- Their primary goal was to catch Paul and Silas but they were not at the
house of Jason. So instead, they had dragged Jason and some of the other
brethren who were at his house and brought them unto the rulers of the city.
Archaeological digs have turned up the name “Politarchs” in Thessalonica.
The Greek word in the text for rulers here is “politarchas.” These were the
chief magistrates of the city. Notice the reason that was given why they
were dragged before the rulers. The unsaved Jews wanted to get rid of the
true Gospel because it started to cut into attendance and profits for the
synagogue and of course for them too, so instead of revealing their real
reason for inciting this mob, they stated that these which have turned the
world upside down had come to Thessalonica. In other words, they were
basically accusing them of mayhem and sedition, which were false charges.
How things have changed, now the world turns the Christians and the churches
- Acts 17:7 (KJB)
- Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the
decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
- Contrary - In opposition to or opposite
- They accused Jason of harboring those who have created these problems
and then they go on to accuse them of disobeying and accused them of being
contrary or in opposition to the laws of Caesar which is the law of Rome.
They accused them of teaching that there was another king beside Caesar and
they stated that Jesus was their king. This is almost a repeat of the trial
of Jesus where they accused Him of usurping the kingship of Caesar.
(Mat 27:11 KJV) And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor
asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him,
Thou sayest. The Jews are continuing the false
accusations that Jesus is another earthly king whom they have given their
allegiance to. They wanted to get the authorities to charge them with
treason which is a capital offense.
- Acts 17:8 (KJB)
- And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard
- When the Jews had brought these charges against them to the rulers, it
had caused them to be troubled along with the people. The reason for this
was that there was no evidence of anything even resembling any political
activity never mind treasonous activity. The wives of the chief men who had
come to believe would also have had input concerning these false charges
since they would have known that no political activity was taking place but
only the preaching of the Gospel.
- Acts 17:9 (KJB)
- And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let
- It seems the chief rulers had an opportunity to question Jason and the
other brethren and when they had sufficiently questioned them, they found
there was no basis for these accusations, so these rulers did the right
thing and let them go. There may even be a hint here that Jason posted some
type of bond or money deposit to ensure the officials that no further
uprisings would take place. It was probably more of a pledge but it was not
a fine because no crime had taken place nor was it bail because they were
- Acts 17:10 (KJB)
- And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto
Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
- The Christians in Thessalonica had seen how bitter and determined the
unsaved Jews were to capture Paul and Silas and do them some harm. So the
uprising may have been allowed by God to spare Paul and Silas from going
through another Philippian experience. So as soon as they arrived in the
city, the brethren had sent them away at night unto Berea which was about 35
miles (56 km) southwest of Thessalonica. As soon as they entered into Berea,
Paul and Silas went to the local synagogue.