1 Thessalonians 2:10-20 … the text continues in its introduction to the Thessalonian believers, indicating the nurturing approach taken by the Apostle as people in Thessalonica responded to God’s call. The suffering indicated in verse 14 refers to the persecution by Judaizers and pagans who attacked Jason’s house, which occurred as Paul was driven from the city (Acts 17:5-9). Why would civilized people attack believers in Thessalonica and Judea? Probably because Paul consistently taught that “… there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.” (Romans 10:12). If you were a Jew who was not open to understanding the message of Scripture, you might be so upset by Gentiles joining the family of God that you’d lash out. That seems to be what took place in many of these towns where Paul preached.
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