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Verses 4-5: “And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas. But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.”

“Round. Flat.”
“Round. Flat.”
“Round. Flat.”
“ROUND! Columbo, the world…she’s flat!”

Thus went the conversation between Christopher Columbus and King Ferdinand of Spain…in the Bugs Bunny cartoon “Hare We Go“.
Columbus: “The world, she’sa round.”
Ferdinand: “She’s flat.”

Columbus (picking out an apple from a fruit bowl): “Look, King…she’sa round like’a the apple.”
Ferdinand: “She’s flat like the pancake.” (the king waves a pancake in Columbus’s face.)
Columbus, angrily, gesturing at the globe on a stand: “Pasta Fazool’e! She’sa round, she’sa firm, she’sa fully packed!” Taking off his hat, Columbus proclaims: “She’sa round like’a my head!”
Ferdinand takes the ubiquitous big wooden mallet, smashing it on Columbus’s head: “She’sa FLAT like your head!”

Some people refuse to believe the truth, no matter what they hear. Of course, Bugs comes to the rescue to prove it to Queen Isabella and help Columbus (I always loved the “pitch the baseball around the world and it comes back with stickers from various countries” gag!)

As usual for the time Paul lived in, he preached the Gospel, this time in Thessalonica. Some believed and were converted. Some Jews heard the Gospel and refused to believe, even drumming up a mob to have them arrested. It has been said that Christianity is a belief that can divide a world.

So which side are you on? The flat side or the round side?

Something to think about.

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Verse 19: “But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.”

Al Capone was the vicious mob leader and gangster during the Prohibition era in Chicago. He had friends on both sides of the law, and for a while, no one thought he would be arrested. For all of the crimes he was responsible for (murder, bootlegging, and other violence), the charge that he was arrested and later convicted on was…income tax evasion. Seems like such a minor charge, but it was one that the federal authorities were able to get a conviction on. Once in jail, Capone’s influence began to wane.

When Paul cast out the prophetic demon from the young girl, her masters who owned her (and profited by her “gift”) were none too happy. But this wasn’t the charge that they had Paul and Silas arrested for. They complained to the magistrates that Paul and Silas were “teaching customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” It was the implication of “civil disorder” that was frowned upon in Roman society that more than likely snowballed the efforts to get Paul and Silas thrown in jail. You see, Paul and Silas preaching the Gospel, what they actually were doing, wasn’t the charge. It was “causing civil disorder”…that and probably some discrimination against them, since they were Jews. It doesn’t seem like anything more than a minor charge, but this was all it took to get them thrown into prison. We’ll see more in the next couple of verses of how these two were “railroaded” without due process.

Just a cautionary devotion on the fact that the devil cheats, and uses all sorts of weapons, major and minor, to attack Christians.

More to come.

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