Paul left Athens after speaking to the Council at Areopagus, and went to Corinth. In Corinth, he met a Jewish tentmaker, Aquila, and his wife, Priscilla. Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul, being a tentmaker himself, visited and worked with Aquila. Every Sabbath, Paul spoke in the synagogue trying to persuade Jews and Greeks about Christ. When Silas and Timothy joined him, Paul “devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.” The Jews opposed Paul and became abusive. Paul basically told them since they were too stubborn to hear, they were responsible for themselves, and he went to the Gentiles. I pray we can recognize when our sharing of God’s Word is falling on deaf ears and we have the wisdom to move.
One night, Paul had a vision and the Lord spoke, ”Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” I pray we can be encouraged in the word given to Paul, that we are not to be fearful, we are to be diligent and not silent. I pray we recognize that God is with us.
Some of the Jews in Corinth brought Paul before Gallio and charged that he was persuading people to worship God in ways contrary to Jewish Law. Gallio, not being a Jewish leader, refused to hear the matter and suggested they settle it themselves, as it was a religious matter. Do you see God’s promise of protection in this incident? I do.
Paul next traveled to Syria, along with Aquila and Priscilla. Paul went into the synagogue and spoke and they asked him to stay. He told them he would not, but if God willed, he would be back. Paul left and went from place to place strengthening and encouraging the disciples. I pray we can be an encouragement, where God may lead us.
Aquila and Priscilla stayed in Ephesus. They met a Jew named Apollos. Apollos had knowledge of the Scripture and spoke accurately. He spoke with great fervor and taught the truth about Jesus, but he only knew about the baptism of John. Aquila and Priscilla heard him speak and invited him into their home and explained the way of God more clearly. Apollos decided to travel on, spreading the Gospel of Christ. The brothers and sister encouraged him and wrote ahead to Achaia to welcome him upon arrival. He was a great help to those who believed by grace. He refuted his opponents and proved, from Scripture, that Jesus was the Messiah.