Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”
And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.
But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd.
And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.”
And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
Thessalonica was the capital of Macedonia, and its Greek city authorities had been granted autonomy by the Romans.
Paul stayed with Jason, and preached in the synagogue so successfully that many non-Jewish believers in Almighty God were convinced that Jesus was God’s Messiah. But the local Jews became jealous of his success.
The charge brought against him and Silas that they were preaching rebellion against Rome had to be viewed seriously by the city authorities; so they took measures to keep a close watch on their helpers.
Read on to find how these brothers helped Paul and Silas to escape.