13 “But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.” (Acts 17:13–15)
Opponents to the Gospel do not allow any distance, or defense thereof, to deter them from their hatred for and their desire to stop the preaching of the Gospel at all costs. While Paul and Silas may have left Thessalonica in order to further their ministry in Berea, the unconverted Jews of Thessalonica would not have it. They were determined to stop Paul at any and all costs.
Having heard that God’s Word was being proclaimed in Berea by the Apostle Paul, certain unbelieving Thessalonian Jews arrived in order to agitate and stir up the crowds. In other words, the Thessalonian Jews wanted to start a riot and cause an uproar.
Like in Thessalonica, the brothers in Christ feared for Paul’s safety. They quickly sent him off to sea. However, Silas and Timothy remained in Berea.
Paul sailed to Athens. It was shortly after he arrived there that he sent for Silas and Timothy to join him. They immediately departed Berea in order to join their missionary leader. A great challenge awaited them.
It is clear from 1 Thessalonians 3:1–6 that Silas and Timothy did rejoin Paul at Athens. Eventually, Silas likewise would be appointed by Paul to leave Athens and then meet him at Corinth (cf. Acts 18:1–5).
Sharing the Gospel in a pagan culture is not easy. Opposition is bound to occur. It may be at work, school, or even within your home. Following the Apostle Paul’s example, let us resolve to be faithful to God’s call.
Soli deo Gloria!