Paul’s Words Stir up the Crowd
Setting: Jerusalem, in the temple
Audience: A mob and a few Roman soldiers
Preceding Events: Some Jews from Asia lie about Paul and stir up a mob.
Overall Theme: Paul shares the key points of his spiritual journey.
Scripture Quoted: none directly, though some of Paul’s story and the words spoken by Jesus are recorded in Acts 9:3-18.
Central Teaching: Jesus came for all people. (God called Paul to tell the Gentiles about Jesus.)
Subsequent Events: The riotous mob erupts again. Paul is temporarily taken into custody and then released.People can respond violently if they don’t like what you are saying, perhaps more so if you challenge their religious beliefs. Click To Tweet
Key Lesson: People can respond violently if they don’t like what you are saying, perhaps more so if you challenge their religious beliefs.
Though Paul did not directly incite a riot with his words, the people’s reaction did. They took offense with his message because it challenged their religious beliefs and practices.
Instead of having a civil discussion or walking away, they responded with physical force to attack the messenger. They would have killed Paul if not for the soldiers who rescued him from the out-of-control mod.
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